BOCA RATON, Fla. - Lynn University's Kirstie Schults broke out in a big way offensively on Saturday afternoon, scoring three times in a 4-1 victory over Rollins. Lina Forsman added a goal and two assists for the Fighting Knights, who earned their first win of the season. Lynn improves to 1-3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Sunshine State Conference.
It was in the 19th minute that Schults first gave LU a 1-0 lead courtesy of Forsman. The sophomore forward tracked down a long pass at the top right corner of the penalty box, evaded a defender and centered a ball to the top of the box. Schults timed her run perfectly and, in mid-stride, ripped a shot inside the left post for the goal.
Just six minutes later the Blue & White found themselves up 2-0 on the Tars (2-4-0, 0-1-0 SSC). Tatiana Penagos slipped a through ball past the Rollins' defense into the 18-yard box. Schults collected the pass, spun around a defender and fought off another before firing off a shot left of Mary Spring for her first career multi-goal game.
Rollins turned it up a notch with a two-goal deficit, putting pressure on the Lynn defense for the final 20 minutes of the opening half. The Tars attempted 12 of their 21 shots in the period with Fighting Knights keeper Meghan Dolan turning away three and the defense swatting two off the line.
Schults relieved the pressure built up against Lynn with her third goal in the 60th minute. Once again it was Forsman who helped set up the score after playing give-and-go with Lauren Handley in the middle third of the field. Forsman split a pair of Tars defenders and Schults beat Anita Cox to the ball before tipping a shot over Spring.
Although holding a 3-0 advantage, momentum swung away from Lynn and towards Rollins in the 68th minute when Azure Dorsey finally put the Tars on the score board with a goal from outside the box.
Paige Meggison, though, put the game away in the 82nd minute. With the Rollins team pushed forward, the junior defender launched a ball over the midfield line. Spring quickly came off her line to keep the ball in LU territory but Forsman beat her to the punch and chipped a shot over the keeper from 35-yards out that trickled into the open net.
Rollins held a 21-10 shooting advantage but only had eight shots on goal while Lynn saw half of its attempts reach target. Dolan finished the match with five saves in total.
The Fighting Knights return to the field on Tuesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. when they travel to Miami Shores, Fla., to battle their old nemesis, Barry University. Fans can watch the game live at LynnFightingKnights.com. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.