Fernandez Hat Trick Leads Men’s Soccer past Davenport

Fernandez Hat Trick Leads Men’s Soccer past Davenport

BOCA RATON, Fla. – He entered the game without ever scoring a goal but by the end of the match Rodrigo Fernandez had found the back of the net three times to lead Lynn University's 12th-ranked men's soccer team past Davenport 3-2 in overtime. 

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score:
 Lynn 3, Davenport 2 (OT
Records: Lynn (2-0-0), Davenport (0-2-0)
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series History: First ever meeting
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STATS OF THE GAME:

  • Fernandez had scored twice on his own prior to OT but needed the help of Lukas Hombach to secure the hat trick.  Hombach put a perfectly placed free kick into the six-yard box and the senior defender was able to get his head on the ball for the game-winner in the 94th minute.
  • Fearing a scoreless first half, Fernandez put Lynn on the board first minutes before the break when he ripped a kick from the right wing just inside the right post.
  • Evan Marques evened the match 48 seconds into the second half when he took a pass from Matt Whelan at the top of the box and slotted his shot to the lower right.
  • Fernandez netted his second of the afternoon in the 55th minute as his free kick from nearly 30 yards out bounced past keeper Markus Sundin.
  • Davenport would score the equalizing goal in the 73rd from Whelan.
  • Lynn outshot the Panthers 14-5 in total and held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.
  • Sundin turned away three shots for Davenport.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • This is the eighth consecutive year Lynn has started the season 2-0.
  • Fernandez is the first player to score three goals in a match for Lynn since Alun Webb, who did it against Alabama Huntsville on Sep. 3, 2017.
  • There has been seven different goal scorers for the Blue and White this season.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights are back in action on Friday, Sep. 13, when they take on Alabama Huntsville at 6 p.m. at Bobby Campbell Stadium.  Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com.