PBA Downed by Lynn University After Huge Second-Half Effort

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

Senior Goalkeeper Joe Yurchak (Pictured) Registered a Career-High 10 Saves Against Lynn University on Tuesday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Senior Goalkeeper Joe Yurchak (Pictured) Registered a Career-High 10 Saves Against Lynn University on Tuesday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla.- After holding the #2-ranked Lynn University men’s soccer team to no goals in the first-half the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team saw first-hand why the Fighting Knights have such a lofty ranking as LU poured on five goals in a 15-minute span in the second-half to leave the Sailfish stunned and disappointed.  LU sat on the lead and improved to 8-0-0 with the win while PBA drops to 4-2-1.

A beautiful day for soccer with a slight breeze blowing across the field for most of the contest, the Knights and Sailfish battled for 45 minutes in the opening half with neither team collecting a goal.

The Knights had the best opportunity for a first-half payday as the Sailfish were whistled for a handball inside the box, awarding the Knights with a penalty kick mid-way through the first-half. Leading scorer Paulo Vaz stepped up to take the kick and was stopped after a stutter-step attempt on a diving save by PBA senior keeper Joe Yurchak.

Seemingly with the momentum after the big Yurchak save, the Sailfish would hold strong until halftime and appear poised to make a second-half run. However, as they did in their previous outing in a 7-0 rout of Nova Southeastern University, the Knights unleashed a lethal second-half attack.

Gabe Taboada found the back of the net first for Lynn as teammate Christian Donert fount Taboada in the middle with space and instead of passing Taboada dribbled forward and drilled home the match’s first and what would turn out to be game-winning goal in the 63rd minute.

Up next would be back-to-back scores from Vaz who tallied goals five minutes apart in the 68th and 73rd minutes with assists coming from Kyle Conrad and Taboada respectively. The two goals give Vaz 13 scores on the season, one of the top totals in the nation.

Scott DePersis got into the scoring list exactly thirty seconds after Vaz’s second goal as Vaz found DePersis for his first goal of the season. Donert tallied the final goal in the 78th minute as the Knights took advantage of an exhausted PBA defense for one final goal.

Allessandro Salvatore earned the shutout in goal for LU with seven saves. Yurchak faced a total of 23 shots on the afternoon while coming away with a career-high 10 saves.

PBA will have time to rest before their next outing when they host Barry University on Wednesday, September 30th. The match is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Magic Jack Field.

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