Top-ranked Lynn settles for draw with Palm Beach Atlantic after late own goal
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Top-ranked Lynn played to a 2-2 tie against Palm Beach Atlantic on Tuesday afternoon, keeping the Fighting Knights unbeaten against the Sailfish in 17 chances (16-0-1). Anthony Desperito tallied a pair of assists while Jack Winter scored in his first game of the season. Lynn moves to 2-0-1 overall.
Winter made an immediate impact up top in his 2013 debut, consistently harassing the PBA (1-0-1) defense through the first 10 minutes of play. An All-American a year ago when he scored eight goals, recorded seven assists and finished second on the team with 23 points, the junior forward was able to find the back of the net in the 23rd minute and put LU on top 1-0.
Desperito and Jake Furman combined on a give-and-go on the right sideline before Furman placed his cross to the near post. Winter ran onto the pass and redirected the ball past keeper Austin Spagnola for the score.
Matthias Jaenicke knocked in his second goal of the season in the 30th minute of play, taking a pass from Desperito and sneaking one by Spanola for the 2-0 advantage. With four assists, Desperito has equaled his assist total from all of last year.
Despite trailing 2-0, Palm Beach Atlantic did not panic and put significant pressure on the LU defense throughout the second half. That pressure proved successful in the 52nd minute when Lynn keeper Harris Smiler was drawn out of the box on a potential one-on-one attempt and successfully turned the play off the sideline, but the ensuing throw-in and cross from AJ Black went towards the right post and Cameron Roberts was there to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Lynn defense played on its heels for the final 10 minutes and looked as though it may pull through with a victory but a failed PBA cross turned deadly when a Lynn defender tried to save the ball from out of bounds and accidently knocked it into his own net to send the game into overtime.
Lynn turned on its engines with seven shots in the two overtimes, including close-range attempts by Winter and Desperito, but Palm Beach Atlantic would not allow the Blue & White to score, ending in the first tie between the two programs.
The Fighting Knights outshot the Sailfish 23-10 and held a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks. Smiler logged four saves while his counterpart, Spagnola, turned away nine shots.