Sixth-Ranked Men’s Soccer Stomps on Sharks

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Thunder and lightning delayed the start of the match by two hours but the boom continued throughout Wednesday night with Lynn University's sixth-ranked men's soccer team thumping Nova Southeastern 4-0.  Nicolas Mortensen netted two goals and added an assist while Christopher Hellmann tallied a pair of assists.  The Fighting Knights remain a perfect 5-0 on the year.

Torrential rain and slippery conditions evened the playing field and kept the two rivals from fully displaying their potential for the first 20 minutes of play.  Nova Southeastern (2-1-1) had some early chances but freshman keeper Max Schmidt made two of his career-best six saves to keep the scoreboard clean.

The fireworks began in the 27th minute with Charlie Anderson's first goal of the year.  Mortensen slipped a ball through the Sharks' central defense towards the top of the box.  Keeper Andrea Giombetti tried to make a sliding play but Anderson tipped the ball out of his hands and strutted into the net for the 1-0 lead.

Almost six minutes later Mortensen was on the receiving end, this time off a corner kick.  Simon Gubisch placed the corner to the back post where Javier Mochon headed a pass to the middle of the box for an easy strike from the freshman forward.

Nova Southeastern pressed hard to start the second half but Schmidt was there to turn away the Sharks.  His top save came in the 50th minute from a strike by Karl Enarsson 35-yards out.  Schmidt made a leaping save on the shot, punching the ball just over the cross bar.  Lynn had faced 12 shots in the four games prior but allowed nine attempts by NSU.

Mortensen provided the necessary cushion to put the game away in the 61st minute.  Hellmann started the play down the left sideline towards the flag and centered a pass to Aaron Zucker at the top of the box.  Zucker used one touch to get the ball to the right post where Mortensen fired a hard shot past Giombetti.  Mortensen has four goals and nine points through his first five matches.

Hellmann wasn't done setting up his teammates.  With only 39 seconds remaining in the match, he slipped a pass to the top right corner of the box.  Gatien Salaun took one touch and unleashed a shot into the left side netting for his first career goal.  Hellmann ranks second in the nation in goals (seven) and total points (16).

Lynn outshot Nova Southeastern 16-9 but NSU held the 7-5 advantage in corner kicks.  Giombetti stopped five shots on the night.

The Fighting Knights return to action on Saturday, September 20, at 7 p.m. when they travel to Winter Park, Fla., to battle Rollins College.  Fans can listen to the match live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.