Sailfish and St. Thomas End in Tie on the Soccer Pitch
September 15, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- After 110 ten minutes, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and St. Thomas University men’s soccer teams could not decide a victor on Tuesday afternoon as the teams battled to a 2-2 tie, the first tie of the young season for the Sailfish. PBA now stands at 3-1-1.
Going into late in the second-half, it didn’t appear the Fish would come away with a tie or even overtime as they trailed the Bobcats 2-1 with just over two minutes to play. Fortunately for the Sailfish, senior Cheyne Roberts was taken down inside the box at the 87:51 mark and awarded a penalty-kick. Roberts didn’t come through on the initial p.k. attempt but took care of business after the fact as his shot was temporarily saved by STU goalkeeper Aaron Jones only to bounce back to the feet of Roberts who found the back of the net with his second attempt.
While the Fish controlled the game’s tempo and possession for much of regulation, it would be the Bobcats who would make the most of their opportunities as they utilized two quick plays to tally their two scores.
STU got on the board first as senior speedster Gabe Renteria sprinted down the right-side of the field, dribbled in, and struck for the game’s first goal in the 24th minute of the first-half. That would remain the only score of the first-half as Jones made a number of key saves to keep the Fish off the scoreboard.
Five minutes into the second-half, the Fish would register their first goal as newcomer Gabe Carneiro collected a rebound and finished to tie the game at one goal apiece in the 50th minute.
The Bobcats wouldn’t wait long to answer however in what is one of the stranger goals one might see. STU keeper Aaron Jones collected a scoring attempt by the Fish and then drop-kicked a long-ball to Renteria in Sailfish territory who proceeded to carry the ball forward and cross in the box to a streaking Thiago Rocha who drilled his third goal of the year to put STU back on top 2-1.
From there, the Fish would re-group defensively and after Roberts late goal the match would move to the regular season overtime format of two, ten minute periods to hopefully decide a winner.
That wouldn’t happen on this night despite a number of close calls by both teams including both squads coming dangerously close to registering a golden goal in the second overtime’s final minute.
As the final horn sounded, both teams would close out the match with a tie. PBA came out on top with a 16-13 shots lead including a 12-7 lead from the second period on. STU proved to be the more aggressive team on the night by being whistled for 19 fouls compared to that of 11 by the Fish with the Cats also being called off-sides seven times to that of only two for PBA.
The Sailfish will look to get back in the win column in their next outing as they will take on Saint Leo University on Friday, September 18th at 7 p.m. on the road.