Lynn defeats No. 6 Saint Leo
Fighting Knights’ Ortiz continued great season with two scores
SAINT LEO, Fla. -- Lynn knocked off No. 6 Saint Leo, 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Sunshine State Conference Player & Offensive Player of the Year Melissa Ortiz netted both goals as the Fighting Knights were able to defeat the Lions in the third meeting.
Right from the opening kick-off Lynn was able to penetrate the Lions defense and get a shot off goal.
The Knights then went up 1-0 in the 10th minute. Carolyn Hartman laid in a ball over the Lions’ back line and Ortiz did the rest, beating her defender on the inside and slipping her shot past a diving Laura Carstens for her ninth goal of the year.
One of the unsung heroes of the match was Kirstie Schults. The freshman forward wreaked havoc all day in Saint Leo defense, consistently catching them off-guard with her speed. She missed on two close one-on-one attempts in the second half but did a marvelous job in the 84th minute to help put the game away.
Using her speed, Schults went from sideline to sideline with the ball and ripped a shot off the right goal post. With the keeper out of the net, Ortiz grabbed the rebound and knocked in her shot before Aija Bent-Trinder was able to tip the ball away to put Lynn on top 2-0.
Trying to pull off the impossible, the Lions put on a full court press in the final minutes and were rewarded when Francesca Williams hit a hard shot from the top right corner of the box to the lower left post to cut the deficit to one. But Lynn’s defense never gave up and turned away the final attempts to clinch its first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 since 1998.
This marks LU’s third victory against a nationally-ranked opponent this season, also the most since 1998. Lynn was outshot 14-10 overall and the Lions had an 11-5 edge in corner kicks.