BOCA RATON, Fla. – A scoreless opening half gave way to a pair of quick strikes and ended with Lynn University's second-ranked men's soccer team taking a 3-0 loss to No. 11 Barry on Wednesday night. This is the first loss of the season for the Fighting Knights.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Barry 3, Lynn 0
Records: Barry (6-0-0, 1-0-0 SSC), Lynn (6-1-1, 1-1-1 SSC)
Location: Boca Raton, Fla. | Bobby Campbell Stadium
Series History: Lynn leads 23-10-5 all-time (last played 2015)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Right off the whistle, the Buccaneers flew across the field as the highest scoring offense in the Sunshine State Conference looked to gain an early advantage.
- Two shots in the first four minutes forced Blue & White keeper Alexander Roth into action but it was a point-blank save off a header from Mitchell Smith inside the six-yard box which proved his mettle.
- Lynn's offense, which is second in the league, was stymied until a shot from Victor Moreira minutes before the halftime whistle sailed into traffic and was saved by Barry's Michael Scheraldi.
- A breakdown in the central defense allowed Hanno Antoni to score his first goal of the night and give Barry a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.
- Six minutes later it was Thomas Coombes who scored off another defensive mishap, putting the Buccaneers ahead 2-0.
- Lynn attempted to get back in the match but opportunities were missed with Luca Puster hit off the underside of the crossbar in the 57th minute and a shot from Dominic Docherty was halted on the right post from the Barry defense.
- The Fighting Knights' momentum was halted in the 75th minute following a top-shelf goal by Antoni to give Barry the 3-0 advantage.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Lynn held a 13-12 shot advantage and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
- Roth turned away seven shots and Scheraldi made five saves.
- The two teams combined for 29 fouls and nine yellow cards.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Roth set a career-high in saves in the opening half but did not record a stop in the second half.
- Lynn has been shutout in two of its last three games.
- This is the most goals Lynn has allowed to Barry since 2010.
The Fighting Knights return to the pitch on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to battle Nova Southeastern. Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com.