ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Lynn is back in the national semifinals for the second consecutive year following a 2-0 victory against Wingate in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday. Jack Winter scored both goals off assists from Michael Kutscher and Roberto Cadilhe while the Fighting Knights’ defense posted its 13th shutout of the season. Lynn improved to 17-3-1 overall.
This will be the Fighting Knights’ sixth NCAA National Semifinals appearance.
The Blue & White got a pair of shots in the opening minutes. Bulldogs keeper Daniel DeGraff logged one save, but was left on the ground looking in after a goal in the 19th minute.
Kutscher started the play by intercepting a Wingate pass on the right sideline and immediately cut in towards the box. He found Winter atop the box, who then spun his defender and ripped a shot with his left foot into the right side-netting.
Wingate (13-6-1) stepped up its intensity and forced LU keeper Matt DiCerbo into three first period saves, including a diving stop just before the half off a shot from Gui Andrade.
Winter struck again and sealed the Fighting Knights’ trip to the national semifinals in the 60th minute. Cadilhe hustled from the LU third to the center of the midfield box tracking a Bulldog forward to steal a pass. He turn up-field and split the Wingate defense with a through ball. Winter ran onto the pass, went one-on-one with DeGraff and buried his shot to the right net.
Lynn’s defensive unit of Jason Sangha, AB Magnusson, James Aldred and Kutscher allowed just one shot on goal in the second half to pick up the clean sheet. Wingate was outshot 13-7 but held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.