Soccer-M vs. Tampa
Tampa Gets a Preview of Winter in Dominating Men’s Soccer Victory
Modified Sep 26, 2012 08:52 PM
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University dominated the University of Tampa 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon in a one-sided collegiate men’s soccer clash between Sunshine State Conference foes. Jack Winter scored a goal and added two assists while the Blue & White defense showed why it is one of the top units in the nation by posting its seventh shutout and allowing a mere three shots on goal. Lynn improved to 9-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the SSC.
This ties the second-largest margin of victory for Lynn over Tampa and best showing since a 4-0 win during the 2008 season. The Spartans have now been shut out in three consecutive matches and have not scored a goal in the last 350 minutes of play.
The Fighting Knights needed just 8:33 to grab a 1-0 lead. Heiko Eberhardt set up the play with some footwork in the midfield before slipping a pass through the left side of the defense. Winter ran onto the ball, faked left, moved right and unleashed a shot that closed inside the left post for his third goal of the season.
Lynn’s defensive unit of Jason Sangha, AB Magnusson, Michael Kutscher and James Aldred kept the Spartans way from goal for much of the opening half and didn’t allow a shot on target until the 47th minute when Tyler Blackwood hit a ball to the right post. Matt DiCerbo logged the first of his three saves with a diving stop.
It was the combination of Aldred and Winter that helped set up the Blue & White’s second score in the 51st minute. Lynn’s left back raced through the midfield and found Winter all alone at the top of the box. A one touch pass to the far right post put Martin Wehlert inside the box by himself and the senior from Halle, Germany didn’t miss the opportunity, burying the shot for his fourth goal of the year.
With two goals on the scoreboard, the offensive floodgates opened. Julian Halder was the next to find the back of the net, two minutes later. Wehlert and Winter combined on a give and go atop the 18-yard box before Winter sent a through ball into the defense. Halder settled left of center and ripped a shot to the right side netting for his team-leading seventh goal.
Lynn added the knockout punch with four minutes remaining when Simon Gubisch played a give and go from Johnny Mertl to score his first goal as a member of the Blue & White.
David Niepel logged five saves on the day for the Red, Black & Gold. DiCerbo turned away three attempts before giving way to Harris Smiler with 17 minutes to play.
Lynn attempted 17 shots, nine of which were on goal, while UT took six shots. LU also had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Fighting Knights will be back in action on Saturday, September 29, when they play at Nova Southeastern in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., starting at 7 p.m. Fans can catch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.