ST. AUGUSTINE – Martin Wehlert converted the fourth penalty kick that sent No. 20 Lynn to the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament semifinals. Lynn and No. 10 Flagler played to a 1-1 double overtime draw, but Lynn held the advantage in corner kicks 4-2 in a quarterfinal match Saturday night at Saints Field.
Lynn moves to 13-4-3 overall while Flagler ends its season at 17-3-3.
In the shootout round, leading scorer Harald Gracholski’a shot was saved by goalkeeper Camp Bissell. Flagler’s Will Frandsen converted on his attempt to give the edge to the Saints. Julian Halder stepped up and put the ball into the back of the net on the second attempt for the Fighting Knights. Kevin Keenan’s shot went high to put the shootout square a 1-all. Sam Shorrocks scored on the third attempt by Lynn and then Pol Berenguer’s shot went high for Flagler. With Lynn leading 2-1, Johnny Mertl found the back of the net forcing a Flagler conversion. Zach Shanahan scored to keep Flagler’s hopes alive. But that is when Wehlert found the bottom right corner to end the shootout.
Gracholski got Lynn on the board first when he took a cross from Stefan Wolf in the middle of the penalty box and booted the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal in the 4th minute.
Frandsen scored the equalizer in the 53rd minute off a Berenguer cross.
Both keepers were excellent with DiCerbo recording five saves and Bissell a season-high 14 saves. Bissell made several spectacular saves late in the match to preserve the tie.
Lynn out-shot Flagler 27-17, including 15-6 on goal. Both teams took six corner kicks apiece.