BOCA RATON Fla. – Barry's men's soccer team upset No. 2 Lynn 3-0 Saturday night in a classic rival matchup.
Barry (6-0-0, 1-0-0 SSC) started the match off testing Lynn keeper, Alexander Roth, with numerous opportunities, including a headed ball on goal from Mitchell Smith early in the match, that forced Roth to fully extend his body in order to get a glove on it.
The Bucs had a 7-4 edge in shots over Lynn (6-1-1, 1-1-1 SSC) in the first half, with all of Barry's shots put on target.
Both teams battled to a scoreless first half, after each side did a fantastic job of defensively closing down on the key strikers on the field.
Early in the second half, the Bucs were first on the scoreboard with a goal from Hanno Antoni in the 50th minute. Antoni had the ball on the right flank and played it to Thomas Coombes, who held the ball until Antoni was in the right position to receive it back. Coombes then back-heeled the ball to Antoni after making his run, who took a touch and ripped the ball into the back of the net from 18 yards out.
Seven minutes later, Coombes scored from a beautifully set give and go pass at the top of the box with Sergio Yepes, to take the 2-0 lead. With that goal, Coombes tied the league leader, Watson, with eight goals this season thus far.
The Fighting Knights fell short during a chance to trim the lead in the 60th minute with an open shot on goal from Jack Watson, from about four yards away. Michael Scheraldi was caught out of net, but Patrick Borchert made an unbelievable goal-line save to maintain the two-goal lead.
In the 75th minute, Antoni scored the final goal of the match, and his second of the game, to make it 3-0. Antoni, with his "own individual brilliance", as head coach Steve McCrath described, received the ball at about midfield, and finessed his way through opposing defenders to where he was able to rope a shot from about 20 yards away into the top right corner of the goal.
The Bucs improved to 6-0 overall and claimed their first conference win of the season. Scheraldi made four saves on 13 shots to earn his fifth straight win and first career shutout. Roth took the loss for the Fighting Knights after making seven saves against Barry's 12 shots, and it was his first loss of the season.