BOCA RATON, Fla. - Lynn University's men's soccer team missed on one penalty kick but converted on a second attempt while its defense continued its stifling ways to knock off second-seeded West Alabama 1-0 to claim the NCAA Division II South Region title and advance to the national quarterfinals. This is the eighth NCAA quarterfinals appearance in program history. Lynn battles Young Harris on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Lynn 1, West Alabama 0
Records: Lynn (13-3-2), West Alabama (16-3-1)
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 2-0 all-time (won 3-0 on Sept. 10)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Alun Webb was taken down inside the box by the last defender in the 31st minute but keeper Brad Louis made the stop to keep the game scoreless.
- The Fighting Knight had great fortunes just before the break as Webb was taken down in the box again, this time by Louis, to earn another PK. This time Sebastian Radakovics buried the attempt for his first career goal.
- The Tigers' defense made a terrific save midway through the second half as a shot attempt by Martin Drobits on an open net was turned away by the last defender.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH:
- "We had played them [West Alabama] earlier in the season and I was afraid our players would not be as intense as they had previously. But our guys approached the match exactly as I had hoped," said head coach John Rootes. "West Alabama scored five goals last week against a fantastic Tampa squad so I knew we would have to play better than we had to compete with these guys.
- "Overall I'm really pleased. Defensively we were very sound and got the clean sheet, Alun Webb created some opportunities and Sebastian [Radakovics] finished a penalty kick for us so I've got to be pleased. You have to hand it to West Alabama, they are well coached and a fantastic team."
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Lynn outshot West Alabama 14-7 but the Tigers held a sizeable 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- Despite UWA's seven attempts on goal, only one reach the frame with Alexander Roth logging the save. His counterpart, Louis, turned away three shots.
- West Alabama was issued five yellow cards in the match
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Lynn won the South Region title for the fourth time under head coach John Rootes. The Fighting Knights advanced to the national championship in the three previous occasions, finishing as the national runner-up in 2011 and winning in 2012 and 2014.
- The Fighting Knights earned their 12th shutout of the seasons.
- Lynn has hit its stride at the right time, going 4-0-1 in its last five matches.
- Radakovics netted his first career goal in his 30th match played.
- Roth picked up his 20th career shutout.
The Fighting Knights host Young Harris in the NCAA DII national quarterfinals at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Bobby Campbell Stadium. Fans can watch the action live on the Lynn Sports Network at LynnFightingKnights.com.