MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s Soccer) – Redshirt Senior Gary Ogilvie roped a shot from 25 yards out in the 72nd minute to tie No. 3 Lynn 1-1. But the Fighting Knights answered quickly with a go-ahead goal and then added a third goal to escape Rick Stottler Field Saturday with a 3-1 win.
Lynn (12-1, 7-1 SSC) scored the game’s opening goal in the 15th minute on a tough-angle shot by Heiko Eberhardt. The Fighting Knights held on to that lead for 57 minutes.
In the 72nd minute, Robbie Russell juked three different Lynn players before dishing the ball to Ogilvie in the middle of the field. With one step Ogilvie roped a shot from 25 yards out. The perfectly place ball froze Lynn’s goalkeeper, Matt DiCerbo (11-1-0). DiCerbo made no effort to move from the right to left, knowing he had no chance of stopping the shot.
The Florida Tech (6-3-3, 2-3-2 SSC) faithful went wild, but it was short-lived.
Not even two minutes later, Lynn found a go-ahead goal. Kerst Lehman collected the ball inside the box and placed it right side past the Panther goalkeeper.
In the 75th minute, the Fighting Knights struck again to take a 3-1 lead.
The game heated up in the final five minutes.
Ogilvie, who just scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season, put a header just over the cross bar with five minutes to play.
Lynn’s Johnny Metrl earned a second yellow card for using his hand purposely to deflect a pass in the 88th minute, forcing him to be ejected from the game. From that, the Fighting Knights’ coach was also ejected for his disapproval of the call.
The Panthers earned two corner kicks in the waning minutes, but were unable to capitalize.
Freshman goalkeeper Mitch Thorn made four saves, including an outreached diving save in the 60th minute to keep Lynn’s lead at 1-0. Thorn, making his second start of the season, filled in for Brentton Muhammad. Muhammad was called up for his third game as a reserve keeper with Antigua and Barbuda for a World Cup Qualifier against the United States last evening.
FIT will hit the road for a second matchup with Saint Leo on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The Panthers defeated the Lions 1-0 on Sept. 22 at Rick Stottler Field. The two will square off in a non-conference match at 5 p.m.