BOCA RATON, Fla. – A little luck and a lot of perseverance helped Lynn University's sixth-ranked men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday night at Bobby Campbell Stadium. Matthias Jaenicke scored the game-winner mid-way through the second half while the Fighting Knights used an own goal to even things up. Lynn improves to 11-1-1 overall.
For the second consecutive game the Blue & White began play on their heels. Although they were able to strike first in the previous match, Lynn played with fire one too many times and allowed a goal 10:41 into the match by Jermaine Metz, lending PBA (6-5-2) a 1-0 lead.
Despite some lackluster passing, the Fighting Knights had some opportunities inside the Sailfish penalty area but could not convert past keeper Steeven Raymont. Fortune was in Lynn's favor in the 25th minute, though, as a cross from the right side was volleyed into the net by a Palm Beach Atlantic defender in an attempt to keep the ball away from an open Nicolas Mortensen, knotting the game 1-1.
A much different team came out of the locker room for the second half and Lynn turned to the offensive with Chris Hellmann playing a much more prominent role. The Fighting Knights' second big break came in the 62nd minute with Hellmann inside the box. The sophomore striker whiffed on a shot attempt but battled to toe a pass outside the 18-yard penalty area. Jaenicke and Lukas Zlatarits raced for the ball but it was Jaenicke who drove a left-footed shot inside the left post for the game-winner.
Lynn's defense did a better job of limiting PBA's opportunities in the second half minus the moments following its score. The Sailfish drove down the field and a cross from Metz on the right wing went to an unmarked Lucas DaSilva inside the box. Keeper Lucas Fancello ran off his line and met DaSilva for a point-blank save to maintain the lead.
Fancello completed play with one save while Raymont also turned away one shot. Lynn finished with an 18-8 shot advantage and 9-4 lead in corner kicks.
The Blue & White will look to secure the regular season Sunshine State Conference title when it takes the field on Saturday, October 24, at 7 p.m. against Saint Leo. Lynn will also honor its senior class in a ceremony prior to the game. Fans can watch the game live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.