Lynn 8, Lander 0

Nov. 19, 2005

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Two goals in the first 15 minutes set the tone for a long day as Lynn University's men's soccer team overpowered Lander University 8-0 in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. Seven different members of the Blue and White scored while Lee Paul Scroggins tied an NCAA record for goals in a tournament with six. Lander's cinderella season concludes with the worst loss in its post-season history. Lynn will face the winner of the Cal-State Dominguez Hills/Fort Lewis match in Wichita Falls, Texas.

"We've had a difficult season with hurricanes and injuries and these boys have gone through a lot," said head coach Shaun Pendleton, who led Lynn to the 2003 NCAA Division II National Championship. "But once we have our main squad put together, we're a pretty good team. Today we did a good job of attacking the net, we put a zero on the board and we never let up. As coaches we've prepared properly and the players have done their job. We're just very thankful to represent Lynn University and the Sunshine State Conference in the final four."

Coming off an emotional victory at Saint Leo, the Fighting Knights (16-2-0) came out of the gates very aggressive, notching their first goal just eight and a half minutes into the game. William Young sent a through ball down the right sideline to Lee Porter. The freshman defender made his way to the corner and sent a cross over the head of Garrett Daum to the waiting Carl Wallace, who easily headed in the pass for his 11th goal of the season.

Seven minutes later Young set up the Knights second goal, making his way into the Lander 18-yard box and getting fouled by one of the Bearcats defenders to give his team a penalty kick. Scroggins' shot into the lower left corner was no match for Baum who down to the right side.

Down 2-0 and midway through the first half, Lander (11-5-4) found itself down two men within minutes. Colin Kent was sent off with a red card on a late tackle in the 29th minute and Zach Ducy was whistled in the 32nd minute for an intentional hand ball inside the penalty box. Porter's shot to the upper right corner on the ensuing PK put Lynn up 3-0.

Trying to head into the half down by just three, the Bearcats suffered a defensive lapse when Jean Alexander beat the back line on a break-away and chipped a shot over Daum for his first goal in a month and a half.

"I was disappointed in our performance," said Lander head coach Van Taylor. "We didn't play well in all facets, we weren't mentally prepared for the type of game and certainly it doesn't help when you have two players sent off the field. With one player sent off and down 2-0, I was just trying to get into the half and regroup and get some shape. But it was like you have that piece of thread that you can't leave alone and everything unraveled from there. I do want to congratulate Lynn University on a tremendous effort."

Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year Luke Ibbetson was taken out of the game with his team trailing 4-0 and down two men. Ibbetson managed only one shot on goal while the Knights defensive unit of Porter, Nano Short, Leon Jackson, Courtney Rimmer and David Benn held the Bearcats to only three shots on goal for the game.

Scroggins put Lynn up 5-0 when his free kick in the 49th minute bent around a four man wall 25-yards out to the far post. That goal gave the junior midfielder six for the NCAA Tournament, tying the record held by Nimrod Dreyfuss and Andrew Ziemer. Scroggins has six multi-goal games this season including two in the NCAA Tournament.

"It was nice to get the penalty kick and then go up 2-0," said Scroggins, who has a career-high 19 goals and 42 points this season. "With [Lander] down two men, we were able to get more chances and luckily I was able to put one more in. The boys played well, we created a lot of chances and we were especially solid in the back."

Young finally found the net in the 57th minute. Alexander collected a pass from Chris Knox on the left wing, beat a defender and tapped the ball to the junior forward. Young turned around his defender with one-touch and fired a shot under the arm of Ryan Peck for the goal.

With a comfortable 6-0 lead, third-string keeper Alessandro Salvatore came in to replace the regular field players. The freshman from Austin, Texas scored his first goal in the 87th minute, heading in a ball from Carl Wallace. Hiroshi Ando completed the scoring for the Fighting Knights with 38 seconds remaining, heading in a pass from Kenneth Viquez on the back post.

Lynn outshot Lander 27-4 and won the corner kick battle 8-4. Kevin Street and Liam Bull combined on the Knights seventh shutout of the season, also notching three saves. Daum recorded one save in the first half while Peck notched seven in the second half.

-- Courtesy Lynn