Men’s Soccer Seniors Send Off The Graveyard with a Victory
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University’s men’s soccer team had the honor of playing in the final regular-season home game at the Lynn Soccer Field and the senior class sent it off in style, knocking off Florida Tech 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. Yannick Braeuer scored his fifth goal of the season and the defense did the rest, earning its fifth clean sheet of the season. Lynn improves to 9-5-1 overall and 6-2 in the Sunshine State Conference.
The Blue & White began playing at the stadium known as ‘The Graveyard’ in 1986 with a 1-0 victory over Tampa. Twenty-eight seasons later, Lynn has built up an uncanny 246-26-6 mark at home. Twelve times LU has gone undefeated and another 12 times the team has registered just one defeat.
Lynn’s last regular-season victory came courtesy of the seven member senior class, which was honored prior to the match. Braeuer joined Anthony Desperito, Jake Furman, Simon Gubisch, Michael O’Neill, Harris Smiler and Jack Winter in the pregame ceremony and all saw action in this pivotal game which clinched the No. 3 seed in the SSC Tournament.
The Fighting Knights were able to break a 0-0 tie just 14 minutes into the match when Chris Hellman put forth a wonderful ball down the left flank to Charlie Anderson. Anderson spun around his defender by moving outside, then towards the center of field and finally down the sideline before sending a cross inside the box. Braeuer, also turned around through the physical play, found the ball at his feet and heeled the ball into the right side-netting for his fifth career game-winning goal.
That was all the scoring Lynn’s defense needed as Jason Sangha, Javier Mochon, Winter and Anderson stifled Florida Tech (5-9-1, 2-6-0 SSC) the rest of the way. The Panthers were able to attempt only one shot on frame but Smiler was able to make a diving punch save to his right to keep LU on top.
Florida Tech made a last-ditch effort to knot the match up only to see Desperito snag a loose ball in the center circle and sprint down the right sideline to the corner flag to secure the win.
Lynn held a 12-8 shot advantage and led 4-2 in corner kicks. Smiler logged one save while his counterpart, Mitch Thorn, also posted one stop.
The Fighting Knights will host No. 6 seed Tampa on Tuesday, November 5. Game time is to be determined. Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook also.