Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – A goal four minutes into the match set the tone for an outstanding game by the fourth-ranked Lynn University men's soccer team as it toppled Nova Southeastern 4-0 in the regular season finale. Chris Hellmann notched his sixth multi-goal game of the season, Nicolas Mortensen added a goal and an assist and Lucas Fancello logged his first career shutout. The Fighting Knights head to the Sunshine State Conference with a 13-1-1 overall record and 7-0-1 mark in league play.
Just 3:54 into the match Hellmann put the Blue & White on the scoreboard. Adam Hutchinson found a streaking Kerst Lehman alone down the left sideline and after a quick touch on the back line sent a cross to the top of the box. Hellmann volleyed the shot with his right foot underneath the crossbar for his 18th goal of the season.
Lynn had an opportunity to add to its goal total in the 14th minute but Mortensen's header nicked the right post. No post was needed, though, in the 23rd minute of play as Mortensen dribbled off his left foot for a low right-footed shot inside the post for his eighth goal of the year and a 2-0 lead.
Nova Southeastern (6-7-1, 3-5-0 SSC) put forth some offensive pressure to start the second half only to be turned away by Lynn's defensive unit of Jason Sangha, Javier Mochon, James Casserly and Lucas Orellana. The Fighting Knights were able to turn on a counter attack to earn two corner kicks, the second of which padded their lead.
In the 60th minute, Hellmann placed the corner inside the six-yard box where Mortensen one-timed a shot on frame. Sharks' keeper Andrea Giombetti made the initial save on the ground, leaving Lukas Zlatarits and easy opportunity for the goal.
Three minutes later NSU was whistled for a handball inside the box and Hellmann converted on his ninth penalty kick in 10 chances, giving him a nation-leading 19 goals overall. The Cologne, Germany has the most goals and points (47) since Jean Alexandre tallied 23 goals and 53 points in 2008.
Although credited with only two saves, Fancello made a diving stop in the 72nd minute off a shot through traffic by Victor Cardoso to preserve the shutout. Lynn outshot Nova Southeastern 20-10 as Giombetti made five saves.
The Fighting Knights return to the pitch on Friday, November 7th, when they host the 2014 SSC Championship. Fans can find out information about the SSC Tournament at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.