No. 5 Lynn Uses Two Second Half Goals To Slip By UNCP
PEMBROKE – Kyle Conrad and Ewan Clarke
scored less than three minutes apart in the second half, and No. 5
Lynn limited UNCP to a season-low three shots, to help the
fifth-ranked Fighting Knights register a 2-0 victory over the
Braves Sunday afternoon at Varsity Grounds.
The contest marked just the second all-time in the series between the two squads, and the result gave Lynn (3-1-0) a 2-0-0 series edge with both meetings away from home. UNCP (1-3-0) was held scoreless for the second-straight game despite a combined 28 shots in the two outings.
Andrew Brown, Martin Tomter and Ricardo Arias each recorded shots for the Braves, while goalkeeper Ryan Hanson tallied five saves despite allowing the two goals. Alessandro Salvatore recorded the clean sheet for the Knights, despite not having to face a shot on goal on the afternoon.
"I think we played seven freshmen against these guys and (Lynn) are very experienced. They have been there before and they are where we want to be," said UNCP head coach Phil Hindson. "It's a process though. I thought we played well defensively today, but it's easy to destruct a team. We must do a much better job when we have the ball and that's what we have got to learn and that's what we talked about.
"I am very happy with the guys. We played three games in five days with limited numbers. Now we've got a week before we play Flagler to work on these mistakes and improve. This is why we play teams at (Lynn's) level. We play a very difficult schedule. Hopefully we're going to continue to get better."
A back-and-forth game in the opening half, neither side was able to gain a competitive advantage as Lynn recorded four of the first five shots of the opening period, but were limited to just one strike over the last 35 minutes before halftime. Tomter turned in the best shot of the stanza for the Braves in the 11th minute, but his quality opportunity sailed just wide of the goal.
A physical game throughout, the opening moments of the second half were a mirror image of the first, but Lynn was the first to get off the mark when Conrad redirected a string of header passes past Hanson in the 63rd minute. Clarke would seal the deal for the visitors in the 65th minute when he took advantage of a failed clearance by the Black and Gold, made a couple of nifty moves and fired a shot past Hanson on the near post.
Arias tallied UNCP's only shot of the second half in the 69th minute when he sent a close-range header just wide of the goal mouth.
Having put the wraps on a season-opening five-game home stand, the Braves will be back in action again on Saturday when they open Peach Belt Conference play at Flagler (2-1-0, 0-1-0 PBC). The Saints dropped a 2-0 decision at Montevallo on Saturday in their league opener.