It’s Crunch Time for Men’s Soccer in NCAA Tournament
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University’s path to a men’s soccer national title picks up steam this week when it travels to St. Augustine, Fla., to take part in the Third Round/Quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Fighting Knights will battle a familiar foe, Rollins, on Thursday, November 15, at 4 p.m., with the winner facing-off against the victor of Wingate/Flagler on Saturday, November 17, at 7 p.m.
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Beginning tournament play last Saturday, the second-seeded Blue & White (15-3-1) downed No. 3 seed Tampa 1-0 at the McCusker Sports Complex. It marked the first time since 1997 they had defeated the Spartans in the NCAA Tournament.
First Team All-Sunshine State Conference selection Julian Halder scored his ninth goal of the season, and fourth game-winner, as LU dominated Tampa for the second time in 2012.
Saturday’s match-up will pit Lynn against Rollins (15-3-2) for the second time this season. The Fighting Knights earned a 1-0 victory in mid-September as All-SSC First Team honoree Matt DiCerbo logged six saves.
Rollins, though, has been hot as of late, winning the 2012 SSC Men’s Soccer Championship in convincing fashion. Grant Blackhurst, who leads the SSC in points with 26 and is second in goals at 10, was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after notching three goals in the semifinals and finals.
Lynn is familiar with the other side of the South/Southeast bracket, having faced Flagler twice last year in its run to the 2011 NCAA DII National Championship game. The Saints (10-4-4) won its pod of Super Region 2 when it defeated UNC Pembroke last Saturday night. The official score goes down as a tie, 0-0, for both teams, but Flagler converted on all four of its penalty kicks in the shootout session while UNCP could only score twice.
The Saints had to await the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s match at No. 1-seed Lander. Wingate University (12-5-1), the No. 4-seed, knocked off the Bearcats 2-1 and got the game-winning goal from Pedro Figuiera with 42 seconds left in regulation time.
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