Good Heavens, Watson, He’s Done it Again in Men’s Soccer Victory

Good Heavens, Watson, He’s Done it Again in Men’s Soccer Victory

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Coming into Wednesday night's matchup, Jack Watson had accounted for nine of the team's 12 game-winning goals.  The junior striker added to that total in a 1-0 Lynn University men's soccer victory over Florida Southern, netting his 19th goal of the year and 10th game-winner.  

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Lynn 1, Florida Southern 0
Records: Lynn (13-1-1, 7-1-1 SSC), Florida Southern (6-6-1, 2-5-1 SSC)
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series History: Lynn leads 20-2 all-time (last met in 2015)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The physical nature of the match was set early as the two squads committed eight fouls in the opening 10 minutes of action.
  • Lynn had the early opportunity with Dominic Docherty missing on corner kick header  from inside the 18-yard box.
  • Watson turned the tide with his 19th goal of the season in the 39th minute of play.  His partner in crime Alun Webb sent a low cross from the right wing towards the near post, with Watson tipping a shot attempt before the Moccasins defender and keeper could mark him.  
  • The junior forward looked as though he would notch his third consecutive multi-goal outing just minutes into the second half but a pair of shots within the penalty area were blocked by the Florida Southern defense.
  • Lynn saw multiple offensive opportunities missed while Florida Southern ramped up its own offensive attack.
  • The Mocs had failed to attempt a shot on goal until the 80th minute when Rene Rivera broke free of the defense for a one-on-one attempt.  Alexander Roth raced out to meet Rivera and made a diving stop to keep the Lynn lead.
  • Roth would go on to make another break-away stop, this time against Jacob Ling-Vannerus after the Blue & White defense turned the ball over inside the 18-yard box.
  • Callum Carsley gave the Mocs one last-ditch effort with a lofting shot only to see Roth push the ball over the crossbar as time expired.

STATS OF THE GAME:

  • Lynn outshot Florida Southern 19-5 but the Mocs had a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
  • The physical match saw a combined 31 fouls but no cards.
  • Roth turned away three shots, all in the final 10 minutes of play while FSC's Cole Clingerman stopped three shots.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Lynn honored its four seniors prior to the start of the match: Bernd Eilers, Adam Hutchinson, Bruno Militz and Victor Moriera.
  • Watson needs one goal to tie and two, to break the record for game-winning goals in a season set by Chris Hellmann in 2014.
  • Watson has now scored in seven consecutive matches and in 13 of 15 games overall.
  • Webb has assisted on seven of Watson's 19 goals.
  • Roth earned his seventh shutout of the year, the most since Lynn's 2012 national championship season.
  • Lynn tied the program record for SSC victories in a season.  The Fighting Knights have won seven SSC matches six previous years (2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2003, 1998).

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights won the regular season SSC title and will await to see if they earn the top-seed and right to host the SSC Championship.  Lynn has clinched a first round bye and will next compete on Friday, Nov. 4, in the SSC Championship semifinals.  Fans can keep up with the action at LynnFightingKnights.com.

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