Fish Battle Sharks Tough But NSU Too Strong in Second-Half
September 16, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director
DAVIE, Fla.- Whie the venue was the same and the names on the front of the uniforms were exact, the outcomes of this year’s women’s soccer matchup between Palm Beach Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University was much different. Coming off a tough 7-1 defeat a year ago to the Sharks, the Sailfish held NSU scoreless in the first-half and despite their solid efforts, allowed three second-half scores to fall to 2-2-0 on the season.
While holding the Sharks (4-1-0) attack down in the first-half and also creating some scoring chances of their own, PBA looked to have a chance at coming away with a complete game victory in the second-half. That wouldn’t be the case on Wednesday evening though as NSU tallied three goals and earned their fourth victory of the young season.
Especially considering last year’s stinging result, second-year PBA head coach James Kryger was very pleased at the effort his young team showed.
“We attacked and kept our composure very well tonight against a very tough opponent. Overall I was very happy with the way our effort was and it was a situation where they took advantage of a few mistakes and in a game like soccer, taking advantage of those types of opportunities can change a game,” said Kryger.
The home opener for the Sharks, NSU got on the board in the 48th minute as sophomore Lindsey Nowland collected a loose balls off a Sailfish defender after a corner kick and tallied what would be the game-winning goal.
Up next came a 2-0 Sharks lead when PBA freshman goal keeper Kayla Webb sent a goal kick that went directly to NSU striker Danielle Granholm who wasted little time shooting the ball back towards the goal and into the back of the net from about 25 yards out in the 72nd minute.
The Sharks made it a clean sweep with their third goal in the 75th minute as Kesiah Wattley placed a free kick from just short of the endline into the box for an easy header from Elisa Cabot.
PBA had their best opportunity to break the shutout when they were awarded a penalty kick try in the 85th minute only to see Alivia McDaniel’s attempt sail just wide of the goal.
A closer game than perhaps the final score showed, NSU held the overall shots advantage with a 20-14 total however the two teams tied with seven shots on goal each. PBA held the corner kick advantage at 3-2.
Webb played very well in goal all night for PBA and came away with four saves while NSU keeper Sarah Glass earned her fourth shutout in as many wins for the Sharks while also collecting seven saves.
PBA will return to the soccer pitch on Saturday for an exhibition game and then get back to regular season action on Tuesday, September 22nd when they begin a four-match homestand by taking on Florida Tech. The Sailfish and Panthers will battle at Lantana Field and are set to begin play at 7 p.m.