BOCA RATON, Fla. – Two goals within the first 10 minutes of play set the pace for Lynn University's offensive outburst as the men's soccer team knocked off Eckerd College 5-1 in the Sunshine State Conference Championship quarterfinals. The Fighting Knights move on to a rematch against Saint Leo in the SSC Semifinals.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 5, Eckerd 1
Records: Lynn (9-3-2), Eckerd (8-6-1)
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series: Lynn leads 24-2 (Last Meeting Oct. 17, 2015)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- For the second time this season, Lynn scored within the first two minutes of the match as Luca Puster netted his fourth goal of the year with a header off an assist by Bruno Militz 1:27 into play.
- Tomer Bitton tallied the second goal in the 10th minute to put Lynn ahead 2-0.
- Chris Hellmann capped off the first half scoring with a one-v-one goal against Alex Gott in the 28th minute.
- Eckerd made it a game with a free kick goal in the 70th minute from Richard Ainscough.
- Hellmann found the back of the net by beating Gott for the second time on a flip shot.
- Dominik Friedl ended the scoring for the night when he dribbled through the three defenders for his fifth goal of the season.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Lynn held Eckerd to only one shot in the first half and outshot the Tritons 18-5 overall.
- Although credited with only two saves, Jonny DeMoya turned away both attempts on diving plays.
BEYOND THE BOX:
- Hellmann logged his fifth consecutive game with a goal, his third multi-goal game of the season and has now tallied at least one point in six consecutive matches and 13 of 14 matches this year.
- Bruno Militz recorded his first career multi-assist game and is tied with Victor Moriera for second on the squad in assists with five.
The Fighting Knights advance to the SSC Championship semifinals where they will play Saint Leo on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Saint Leo, Fla. Fans can watch the match live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.