BOCA RATON, Fla. – One defensive mistake in the second half was all the University of Tampa needed to knock-off the fifth-ranked Lynn University men's soccer team in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
INSIDE THE MATCH:
Score: Tampa 1, Lynn 0
Records: Tampa (12-4-3), Lynn (14-2-2)
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series History: Lynn leads 23-14-2 all-time (last played Nov. 6, 2016)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Blue & White had several chances through the first 20 minutes of action with Jack Watson narrowly missing on a cross from Simon Kraemer and Alun Webb having his shot from the 6-yard box saved by Jake Richards.
- Lynn went on the attack to start the second half with a pair of quick corner kicks but a counter attack by the Spartans in the 55th minute proved Lynn's downfall.
- The Fighting Knights' defense was pushed high before a turnover and quick pass from Bay Downing caught the back four on its heels. Fredinho Mompremier took the loose ball and sent a low shot to the right post. Alexander Roth put a hand on the ball but not enough to push it away from target as the Spartans went ahead 1-0.
- Lynn attempted high pressure in the waning moments of the match only to see the Spartans hold back the Fighting Knights last-ditch effort.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Lynn held a dominating 20-7 advantage in shots and 11-0 lead in corner kicks.
- Richards made five saves while the Spartans only shot attempt on frame went for a goal.
- The two squads combined for 24 fouls and six cards.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Lynn defeated Tampa 2-1 in the regular season meeting and knocked off the Spartans 5-3 in penalty kicks to secure the Sunshine State Conference Championship.
- The Blue & White dropped to 3-5 all-time against the Spartans in the NCAA Tournament.
- This is the second consecutive match the Fighting Knights were shut out, marking the first time since 2013 this has happened.
The Fighting Knights conclude the 2016 season 14-2-2 overall with SSC regular season and tournament titles in-hand. Lynn returns the bulk of its team, including SSC Player & Offensive Player of the Year Jack Watson and six of the team's seven All-SSC selections. Unfortunately, the Blue & White will say goodbye to captain Adam Hutchinson as part of four seniors graduating.