BOCA RATON, Fla. - Lynn University's ninth-ranked men's soccer team dispatched Florida Southern 3-1 on Saturday afternoon behind another multi-goal performance from Chris Hellmann. Nicolas Mortensen tallied a goal but Hellmann added to his nation-leading total by notching goals No. 14 and 15. The Fighting Knights improve to 9-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Sunshine State Conference.
A striker from Cologne, Germany, Hellmann converted on his sixth penalty kick of the year just 2:39 into the match after being taken down inside the box by goalkeeper Anthony Whyte. He is 6-of-7 in penalty kicks this season.
Florida Southern (4-5-2, 1-3-0 SSC) took advantage of a miscue inside the 18-yard box after a cross from Micthell Francois slipped under the arms of Lucas Fancello in the seventh minute. Edward Spansk was there for the open netted attempt, tying the game 1-1.
The Fighting Knights battled in the blazing afternoon heat, finally adding the game-winning goal just before the half following a brilliant set from Hellmann and Matthias Jaenicke. Hellmann started the play with a drive down the right side before cutting toward the center of the field and hitting Jaenicke in stride. After a few touches to his left, Jaenicke slipped a diagonal pass into the left side of the box. Hellman sprinted 20-yards to collect the ball and ripped a shot past Whyte for his fifth multi-goal game of the season.
Lynn's continued its offensive aggression into the second half, outshooting the Moccasins 12-1. Simon Gubisch headed a corner off the cross bar and Lukas Zlatarits saw one of his attempts saved by Whyte. It was in the 57th minute the Blue & White were able to add their insurance goal when Charlie Andersone crossed in a low ball to the top of the box. Mortensen took the pass in, spun on his defender and fired a shot for his seventh goal of the season.
Making his first career start in net, Fancello was tested early with a pair of shots by the Mocs but the freshman keeper turned away both attempts. Following the goal, though, Lynn's defense locked down and held FSC without a shot until five minutes remaining in the match and held the overall lead at 21-6. Fancello ended play with three saves while Whyte tallied six stops.
The Fighting Knights are back on the pitch Wednesday, October 15, at 4:30 p.m. when they travel to Melbourne, Fla., to battle Florida Tech. Fans can listen to the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.