Men’s Soccer Ships Tars Home in NCAA Tournament
St. Augustine, Fla. – A goal by Heiko Eberhardt in the 84th minute gave Lynn University’s men’s soccer team a 2-1 victory over sixth-ranked Rollins College in the third round of the NCAA Division II Tournament on Thursday night. Yannick Braeuer scored the game-tying goal with a minute to play in the first half. The Fighting Knights improve to 16-3-1 overall.
Lynn, ranked No. 11, will battle Wingate on Saturday, November 17, at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the match live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game tweets by following @LUKnights on Twitter and instagr4am.
The Fighting Knights came out with a purpose in the second half, dominating from start to finish after surrendering just their ninth goal of the season in the opening period. Shot after shot would be turned away but LU would not be deterred. Luck would go in Lynn’s favor with 6:10 on the clock after Jack Winter led Eberhardt with a perfect ball into the box. The graduate midfielder would run onto the pass and immediately get tripped up, forcing the penalty kick.
Eberhardt stepped into the box, waited for keeper Keneil Baker to commit and fired a shot into the net for his fourth goal of the season, sending Lynn to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the sixth time in program history.
Fans in attendance were treated to an epic battle between Sunshine State Conference teams from the first whistle. The Blue & White went after the Tars (15-4-2) immediately but it was Rollins who struck first.
A misplayed ball in the midfield allowed Rollins to send a pass inside the right side of the box. Grant Blackhurst juked a defender and ripped a shot, which deflected off the LU defense. Alex Bisbee, though, was there for the rebound and knocked home the first goal.
Lynn continued to battle and broke through in the 44th minute. Johnny Mertl launched a shot from outside the box which Tars keeper Keneil Baker stopped initially but two failed clearance attempts allowed Braeuer to sneak in and tip in the loose ball for the equalizer.
The Blue & White outshot Rollins 16-8 and held a commanding 12-1 edge in corner kicks. Baker logged five saves on the night while Matt DiCerbo stopped three shots, none bigger than a rip by Rob Crowley in the waning moments of the contest.
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