Soccer-M vs. Florida Southern
Men’s Soccer Wins 29th SSC Title in School History
Modified Oct 09, 2012 04:37 PM
BOCA RATON, Fla. – A major scare turned into a major celebration as Lynn University’s fourth-ranked men’s soccer team defeated Florida Southern 2-1 in overtime to clinch at least a share of the school’s 29th Sunshine State Conference title and the men’s soccer program’s 10th league championship. Julian Halder scored his third game-winner of the season to help the Fighting Knights become back-to-back SSC Regular Champions. Lynn improves to 11-1-0 overall and 6-1-0 in conference play and will have the chance to own the No. 1 seed and host the SSC Tournament.
Nearly three minutes into OT, Javaughn Howard was able to break free of the back line and create a breakaway opportunity for Florida Southern (2-7-1, 1-2-0 SSC). Howard, though, was thwarted by the Blue & White defense, which in turn went on the counter attack.
A long pass to Anthony Desperito set up the winning play as the junior forward side-stepped a defender then flicked a pass to the Moccasin’s defense. Halder pushed the ball forward with his shoulder, sped by the last defender and fired a shot past a diving Brent Theriault for his team-leading eighth goal of the year.
Also contributing a goal in the conference-clinching victory was sophomore Jack Winter, who after being fouled in the box midway through the second half was rewarded with a penalty kick and scored the first goal of the match. The Moccasins would respond with their only goal eight minutes after Lynn.
The Fighting Knights dominated both sides of the field only allowing two shots in 93 minutes while putting pressure on Florida Southern with 19 shots, nine on goal.
The 2012 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament could be hosted by Lynn for the second straight year pending the final men’s soccer regular-season standings and any seeding tiebreakers. It is the fourth time in seven years that the Fighting Knights will finish the regular season with the best conference record.
Lynn is on the road for their final conference game when they travel to Melbourne on October 13 for a match with Florida Tech starting at 3:30 pm. Fans can follow the action at www.lynnfightingknights.com or by following luknights on twitter and instagram