10.20.13 MEN'S SOCCER: Lynch Tricks And Treats Cavs To Win Over Oilers

Men's Soccer, 2013-10-20

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh defeated visiting Findlay and evened its conference record with a 4-2 decision by way of a hat trick by Chris Lynch (Sr., Bellbrook, OH/HS) on sunny Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers are now 5-7 overall and 5-5 in the GLIAC. The Oilers drop to 4-8-1 overall and 2-8 in the conference.

Despite Findlay controlling the ball for much of the first half, Walsh was the only team that could find the back of the net. Set plays were once again the strong suit of the Cavs’ offense as Lynch and makeshift quarterback Adam Gonia (Fr., Sylvania, OH/Northview) paired up for a couple of first half goals. The first came as Gonia launched the ball from the right side of the field to the near post where Lynch was able to go up and head the ball into the right side of the net past the diving arms of Findlay’s goalkeeper at 6:47.

The duo paired up again on a nearly identical play in the 42nd minute, but this time Lynch headed it into the left side of the net for a 3-0 lead and what proved to be the game-winning goal.

Just before that, brothers Marc and Pat Julian (Sr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) paired up for some twin magic for the second goal. Marc took possession of the ball near midfield and dribbled up the field before he found Pat on the right outside of the box. After the pass, Pat was able to lob the ball over the head of the Findlay keeper at 35:28.

The Oilers didn’t give up and kept the pressure on the Cavs’ defense throughout the second half. Findlay eventually lit up the scoreboard with a set play of its own as Ryan Poyle headed the ball in off a corner kick by Cullen Barron in the 59th minute to make the score 3-1.

The Oilers added another score on a goal by Shane McGee on the assist Bryan Klek in the 86th minute to come within a goal of tying the game, but Lynch put the game away with his third goal of the game on a hard shot from the right side of the box to the left side of the net on the assist from Brandon Frederick (Jr., Wadsworth, OH/Highland) 21 seconds later. Lynch now has five goals on the season.

Justin Nolan (Sr., Medina, OH/Highland) was strong in goal with 10 saves on 21 shots faced on the afternoon.

With the win, the Cavaliers remain in good position for one of the six playoffs spots. Four games remain on the schedule with Walsh traveling just a few miles down the road to face rival Malone in its next contest on Tuesday. The Cavs won 1-0 in their previous matchup on September 17. Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m.