Soccer-M vs. Saint Leo
Another Lehman Bailout? Men’s Soccer Cashes In against Lions
Modified Sep 12, 2012 10:14 PM
BOCA RATON, Fla. – A scoreless game was snapped by Kerst Lehman eight minutes into overtime to give Lynn University’s top-ranked men’s soccer team a 1-0 victory against Saint Leo on Wednesday afternoon. Lehman scored his first goal in his first career game while the Fighting Knights defense was once again stellar, posting their fourth clean sheet of the season. Lynn improves to 5-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the Sunshine State Conference.
In what could be a popular trend against the Blue & White, Saint Leo (2-1-0, 0-1-0 SSC) stacked its third of the field with nine players and a keeper while one attacking forward stood alone against the LU back four.
Lynn dominated possession, dictating play 85-90 percent of the match, and the stat sheet. The Fighting Knights held an 11-1 shot and 9-2 corner kick advantage. It took SLU over 70 minutes to attempt its first and only shot, which was blocked by the LU back four from well outside the 18-yard box.
Lehman entered the match midway in the first period and showed little rust from having not played a match for Lynn this season. The midfielder from Zwickau, Germany, ripped a shot from 25-yards out to the upper right shelf, only to have Lions keeper Manuel Schoenhuber make a diving punch save late in the second half. Additionally, Lehman was spot on in his corner kicks, setting up LU for several scoring opportunities.
With time winding down in the first OT, Lynn made a hard push to end the match. Anthony Desperito kept a deep ball in play near the right flag and dished a pass to Martin Wehlert inside the Lions third. Wehlert maneuvered around one defender and launched a cross to the right post. Lehman beat his man and headed the ball towards the right side netting for the game-winner.
Lynn keeper Matt DiCerbo was able to stop several crosses from Saint Leo but the defensive foursome of Jason Sangha, Michael O’Neill, Michael Kutscher and Wehlert, stymied the Lions attack at everty turn. In five games, LU has allowed a mere six shots on target.
The Fighting Knights get little rest as they host No. 23 Rollins on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Facebook.