BOCA RATON, Fla. – Another heated battle between Sunshine State Conference rivals ensued Tuesday night with the ninth-ranked Lynn University men's soccer team drawing 2-2 with Rollins. Lukas Zlatarits and Chris Hellmann tallied goals for the Fighting Knights and Max Schmidt logged a game-changing save in overtime to help the team move to 8-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in league play.
Lynn dominated the stats line, outshooting Rollins 25-5 overall and holding a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. But the Blue & White had defensive breakdowns immediately following each score to keep the Tars in the match.
Playing back on their heels during the first 15 minutes of play, the Fighting Knights made their offensive move with a pair of shots on keeper Julian Grundler. The squad was finally able to combine on passes in the midfield late in the half with Kerst Lehmann breaking away down the left sideline. The cross came towards the back post where Zlatarits headed the ball over Grundler's hands 31 seconds before heading into the locker room.
Rollins would score 1:52 into the second half as Matt Volk took in a cross and beat Schmidt one-on-one from the right side to even the match.
Lynn continued its pressure and its aggressiveness paid off when Hellmann was tripped up inside the box to earn a penalty kick. The Cologne, Germany, native converted for his 13th goal, tying him for the national lead, and 32nd point, which is tops in the country.
Unfortunately, less than two minutes later, in the 85th minute, Brett Durrance headed a ball past Schmidt, once again on the right side, to send the match into overtime.
Just 29 seconds into the second overtime, David Kuckkahn had the opportunity to take the game for Rollins as he broke free from his defender for an easy look on goal. Kuckkahn ripped a shot to the right post but Schmidt made a diving play to punch the ball away and preserve the tie.
The Fighting Knights will look to get back into the win column when they host Florida Southern on Saturday, October 11, at 4 p.m. Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.