Florida Tech Frustrates PBA in Women's Soccer Action

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director

Freshman goalkeeper Kayla Webb (Pictured) Faced a Tough Opponent on Tuesday Evening Against Florida Tech and Came Away with Five Saves. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Freshman goalkeeper Kayla Webb (Pictured) Faced a Tough Opponent on Tuesday Evening Against Florida Tech and Came Away with Five Saves. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The #17th-ranked Florida Tech Panthers visited Lantana Field on Tuesday evening for the 2009 home opener for the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team and utilized a big second-half scoring effort on their way to a dominating 6-0 decision over the Fish. Five different Tech scorers etched their name in the scorebook as they improved to 7-1-0.

“Tonight we did not display our best effort for 90 minutes,” said second-year head coach James Kryger.

“ FIT is a great side, Coach Haig has his team flying and are well deserving of their high national ranking. We displayed moments of brilliance and then for periods of time broke down mentally resulting in opportunities we don’t often give up. It is an unfortunate result, but we lost to a team deserving of the win. We spoke about our positive approach going into Friday especially facing a tough Florida Southern side. I think we will be fine, we are young and we need experience. Tonight was one of the nights our lack of on field experience got the better us. We will keep fighting, and we will be fine,” continued Kryger.

The Sailfish (2-3-0) were limited to six shots on the night while FIT blasted home 23 total strikes at the goal. The first-half of play featured many attacks by the Panthers however the Sailfish were able to neutralize many of those with some solid back line play.

Teresa Brantley broke through after a failed clearance in the 14th minute as DeeDee Newland found Brantley near the mouth of the goal for the game’s first score.

It wouldn’t be until the 35th minute that the Panthers truck again as Mallory Bond blasted a shot from about 35 yards out that simply came in too high for PBA freshman goalkeeper Kayla Webb to reach as she leaped and the ball sailed into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

FIT held a 9-3 advantage in shots in the first-half while Panthers keeper Melissa Pyles made two saves to hold the first-half scoreless.

The second-half featured an even more aggressive approach by FIT who poured it on with four more goals to reach the final 6-0 score.

Christina Edwards started the scoring with an unassisted goal three minutes into the second-half of  play followed by goals by Therese Sevensson (51st minute), Brantley (52nd minute), and Alyssa Esposito (75th minute).

Webb finished with five saves while freshman Juliet Waller filled in the final 25 minutes between the pipes allowing one goal and making one save. Pyles and Mist Eliasdottir combined on the shutout for FIT with Pyles playing nearly 63 minutes of action.

PBA will be back in action on Friday, September 25th as they host Florida Southern College in a rare weekday afternoon match scheduled for 2:30 p.m.  at Lantana Field. The match will be broadcasted live on the Sailfish Sports Network.

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