Young Harris, Ga. – It may have taken a little longer than hoped but Lynn University's third-ranked men's soccer team scored with two seconds remaining in the opening half and added two more in the second to secure a 3-0 victory over No. 19 Saint Leo in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Chris Hellmann continued to be masterful on the offensive end with his 22nd goal, 11th assist and program-best 10th game-winner of the year. The Fighting Knights improve to 16-1-1 overall and advances to the NCAA national quarterfinals for the eighth time in program history.
In a different strategy from the first meeting, Saint Leo (10-4-4) packed in 10 defenders to limit the Fighting Knights attack. With 28 minutes on the scoreboard, Hellmann drew his team's first opportunity with a combination of passes inside the 18-yard box and a shot off the right post.
The Lions looked happy to take a 0-0 score into the half but Javier Mochon had other thoughts. After collecting a quick goal kick, the Granada, Span, native launched an 80-yard bomb over the Saint Leo defense and comfortably at the foot of Hellmann. Lynn's sophomore striker took a quick touch and beat Manny Schoenhuber to the left post with 2.2 seconds on the scoreboard for his 10th game-winning goal of the season, surpassing Neathan Gibson's nine from 1993.
Lynn's defensive unit of Jason Sangha, Javier Mochon, James Casserly and Charlie Anderson stepped up and shut down the Lions as they tried to wake from their offensive hibernation. The quartet's biggest stop came in the 74th minute when Mochon stopped a point-blank shot from Matthias Katerna with his head to keep the Blue & White ahead 1-0.
Moments later, the Fighting Knights padded their advantage off a corner kick from Hellmann. The Cologne, Germany, product found the head of Adam Hutchinson at the near post and the junior midfielder connected at the top-right corner for his first career goal.
Looking to add to their lead, Kerst Lehmann put any doubts of a comeback by the Lions to bed in the 88th minute with his first goal of the year, a laser of a shot to the left side of the net off a feed from Nicolas Mortensen.
Freshman goal keeper Lucas Fancello performed well in his first career NCAA Tournament match, turning away two shots as his defense limited Saint Leo to 10 shots total and only three on net. Lynn managed to attempt 20 shots with Shoenhuber stopping five.
This was the second time Lynn had faced Saint Leo in the NCAA Tournament, with the last meeting coming in 2005. In all, the Blue & White have outscored the Green & Gold 6-1 in the two postseason appearances.
Lynn reaches the national quarterfinals for the first time since winning the Division II National Title in 2012. The team will battle the victor of Young Harris/Limestone on Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans can watch the match live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.