Men’s Soccer’s Legend Growing with Shorter Victory
Cleveland, Tenn. – Even nine new starters could not slow down Lynn University’s men’s soccer title defense as the top-ranked team in the nation downed Shorter 4-1 in the opening match of the Lee Invitational presented by Olive Garden on Friday afternoon. Jake Furman led the offensive charge with two goals while newcomers Javier Mochon and Mattias Jaenicke also found the back of the net.
The Fighting Knights improve to 25-2-1 all-time in season openers and is 4-0-0 in games following a national championship. Lynn graduated 14 seniors from last season’s national championship team, including nine starters, while bringing in 14 new players.
“We played a great game out there and I was very pleased with how our team responded with so many new faces,” said head coach John Rootes, who moves to 5-1 at Lynn in season openers. “Our guys were aggressive on offense and defensively did not allow very many chances for Shorter.”
It took all of 9 minutes and 51 seconds for the Blue & White to score the first goal of the 2013 season. Mochon helped set up the scoring play after being taken down by four Hawks inside the box to draw a penalty kick. Furman stepped up and knocked in the goal to put his team ahead 1-0.
Two and a half minutes later Furman would strike again, this time from help by Michael O’Neill. A cross pass was settled by O’Neill and his ensuing touch split two Shorter defenders. Furman took one touch and ripped a shot to the left side netting for his first career multi-goal game.
The Hawks (0-1) battled back to cut their deficit, 2-1, after LU turned away a corner kick opportunity. But the cleared ball fell to the foot of Balazs Horvath and the Shorter midfielder immediately fired off an attempt from 35-yards out to the right post.
Mochon, though, helped return the two-goal advantage in the 39th minute when he headed in a brilliant corner kick pass from Simon Gubisch. Mochon earned All-America honors last season after scoring seven goals as a defender.
The Fighting Knights put the match away early in the second half following a score by Jaenicke. O’Neill earned his first career multi-assist game when he launched a ball from deep in LU territory to the top right corner of the box, where Anthony Desperito headed a pass to the middle of the pitch. Jaenicke stepped up and beat keeper Austen Trevers with a left-footed shot to make it a 4-1 contest.
A revamped defense, anchored by All-American Jason Sangha, allowed just five shots, of which two were on frame. Harris Smiler logged one save in net. The Blue & White led 15-5 in shots and held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Lynn returns to action on Saturday, September 7, at 7 p.m. when it battles Lee University. Fans can catch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.