Men’s Soccer Dropped in PKs in SSC Semifinals

Men’s Soccer Dropped in PKs in SSC Semifinals

West Palm Beach, Fla. – Lynn University's 21st-ranked men's soccer team tied the University of Tampa 0-0 over 110 minutes but lost 4-2 in penalty kicks in the Sunshine State Conference Championship semifinals on Friday evening.  The Fighting Knights move to 11-3-2 overall and await their fate for the NCAA Division II Tournament

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Tampa 0, Lynn 0; Tampa advances 4-2 in PKs
Records: Tampa (8-3-3), Lynn (11-3-2)
Location: Rinker Athletic Complex | West Palm Beach, Fla.
All-time record:: Lynn leads series 23-15-5 all-time (tied 2-2 on Oct. 14, 2017
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Lynn had several second half and overtime chances but hit two posts, a cross bar and Tampa keeper Jake Richards made five of his six stops, not including PKs.
  • The Fighting Knights outshot Tampa 20-9 with Alexander Roth stopping three shots and Richards six.
  • Alun Webb and Niklas Tasky converted on their PK attempts but Tomer Bitton and Max Herbert were stopped by Richards.
  • Marcel Salokat, Felipe Desousa, Markus Woldsund and Lewis Sugden scored on their chances on net.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • This is the second consecutive year Lynn-Tampa has gone to PKs during the SSC Championship.  Last season Lynn claimed the SSC title with a 5-3 PK advantage.
  • The last seven meetings between these two teams have been decided by a goal or less.  Lynn has gone 3-1-3 in those contests and held a slim 8-6 scoring advantage.
  • This is the 11th shutout of the year for the Blue and White and Roth, the most under head coach John Rootes since 2012 and the most by a single Fighting Knights goalkeeper since 2001.

UP NEXT:
Lynn awaits the NCAA Division II selection show to determine its postseason fate.  The Fighting Knights were ranked No. 2 in the most recent South Region Poll.  Fans can watch the NCAA Selection show at 6:30 pm on Monday, Nov. 6, at NCAA.com.