Men’s Soccer Triumphs Over Spartans

Men’s Soccer Triumphs Over Spartans

Tampa, Fla. - Lynn University's 15th-ranked men's soccer took down rival and seventh-ranked Tampa 2-1 on Wednesday evening despite a late charge from the Spartans.  Jack Watson collected his eighth game-winning goal in giving UT its first loss of the season.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Lynn 2, Tampa 1
Records: Lynn (9-1-1, 4-1-1 SSC), Tampa (6-1-2, 2-1-1 SSC)
Location: Tampa, Fla. | Pepin Stadium
Series History: Lynn leads 23-13-1 all-time (last played in 2015)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Blue & White took a 1-0 advantage midway in the first half when Niklas Tasky found the back of the net off a Dominic Docherty pass.
  • Lynn looked to extend that lead late in the period with a diving save by Jake Richards off an Alun Webb shot.  Christoph Maug missed on a header attempt on the ensuing corner kick to head to the break ahead by a goal.
  • Watson nearly scored in the 50th minute when his attempt outside the box rocketed the crossbar.  Adam Hutchinson collected the loose ball but Richards turned away his shot.
  • Watson would not be denied in the 68th minute as the junior forward buried his attempt from Webb for the eventual game-winner.
  • The Spartans surge came a bit too late.  They would cut the deficit to 2-1 at 78:56 of the second half.  Several close shots sailed high and wide until Curtis Kirby's last-ditch effort with seven second to play was stopped by Alexander Roth.

STATS OF THE GAME:

  • Watson picked up his 12th goal of the year.
  • Webb and Docherty continue to share the team lead in assists with six.
  • Tampa edged Lynn in total shots 16-15 but the Fighting Knights held a comfortable lead in corner kicks 8-2.
  • Richards stopped seven shots to Roth's five shots
  • The two squads combined for 25 fouls.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Watson has netted eight of the team's nine game-winning goals and trails by two the record of 10 game-winners held by Chris Hellman.
  • Roth increased his SSC-leading save total to 41.
  • Lynn has won the last eight meetings against Tampa dating back to 2012.

UP NEXT:
Saturday's match against Florida Southern has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.  The Fighting Knights will next be in action on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. when they host Eckerd College during Lynn University Families Weekend.