DiCerbo, Lehman Sweeps SSC Weekly Honors
Winter Park, Fla. - Lynn University’s top-ranked men’s soccer team remained perfect on the season behind the offense of Kerst Lehman and defense of Matt DiCerbo. The Sunshine State Conference rewarded them for their efforts Monday afternoon with the announcement of Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week presented by VALIC. It marks the first outright sweep of the weekly honor since 2007 for the Fighting Knights.
Kerst Lehman helped the Blue & White remain undefeated by factoring in the winning goal in a pair of 1-0 conference victories. The Zwickau, Germany, native opened the week by scoring the first goal of his career in a win versus Saint Leo. The shot came with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime period. Lehman then came up big in Lynn’s victory over No. 23 Rollins. He hit Julian Halder with a cross with just 2:30 left in regulation to lift the Knights to the decision.
DiCerbo was credited with a shutout in both of the No. 1 Fighting Knights’ 1-0 conference wins over Saint Leo and Rollins last week. Opening the week opposite the Lions, DiCerbo was the beneficiary of a stout Lynn defense that gave up only one shot. He then proved his mettle by making a season-high six saves to preserve the win against No. 23 Rollins. Among them was a diving stop of a free kick to the upper left corner of the net in the 66th minute, which kept the match scoreless until the Knights’ scoring tally in the 87th minute.
Former LU players Dwight Barnett and Adam Alcock were the last combo to sweep SSC Player of the Week accolades outright. The duo earned top billing on October 10, 2007. Nano Short and Sam Craven were weekly recipients in 2008 but shared the honor with Barry’s Ricardo Ramirez.
Lynn returns to the pitch on Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. when it travels to Miami Shores, Fla., to face longtime rival 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.