Kuhn, Morrell and Others Lead the Charge to PBA Victory Over Florida Southern
September 25, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Coming off a tough loss on Tuesday evening to Florida Tech at home, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team stormed back on Friday afternoon to defeat a solid Florida Southern College program by a final score of 3-1 at Lantana Field. Junior Angie Kuhn factored into all three goals while senior Ashley Morrell made a heroic return to the goalkeeper position to earn the victory.
With both teams battling the un-relentless hot sun that shined down for the entire game, it would be the Sailfish (3-3-0) who would prevail on this day as they scored three unanswered goals before giving up a second-half score to the Moccasins (5-5-0) for the final 3-1 tally.
The Sailfish faced a dangerous front three for the Mocs with Kerri-Ann Brown, Princess Haley, and Alex Hoover as the trio combined for 15 of the team’s 24 shots on the day. Brown tallied 11 shots of her own but only four were on goal as she was shutout on the day. A big component for the Fish defensive efforts beyond the solid back-line play of juniors Alex Regin and Brittany Gahan was the outstanding first effort of the season by senior keeper Ashley Morrell.
Sidelined due to injury the first five matches of the season, the Lake Worth, Florida native returned in grand fashion as she gave the Fish 90 quality minutes between the pipes and finished with 10 saves.
PBA got the scoring started in the 31st minute as Ashley Shoaf took a left-footed cross into the box where Kuhn charged forward for a header past the diving arms of FSC goal keeper Martina Tangen Billing to make the score 1-0.
The score moved to 2-0 just short of five minutes remaining in the first-half as freshman Jennie Weil received a touch pass from Kuhn inside the box who then proceeded to blast home a shot into the upper-right for her second goal of the season and Kuhn’s third assist.
FSC won the shots battle in the first-half as they led 10-7 with both teams tied 2-2 in corner kick opportunities.
PBA wouldn’t wait long in the second-half to return to the offensive as Shoaf once again found Kuhn on another cross for a second goal by Kuhn on the day and her third of the 2009 season in the 49th minute.
From there the Sailfish defense would settle in and despite some close calls by the Mocs attack, the Fish would relinquish just one goal as Haley got a two-touch pass from Hoover and Renee Heacock for the Mocs only score in the 73rd minute.
For head coach James Kryger and his young team, the ability to bounce back from their defeat earlier in the week showed a lot of what is potentially to come for the Fish.
“We did a fantastic job sticking to our game plan today, we mentioned for the past three days the need to be patient and for that to last the entire 90 minutes. As a coaching staff both Coach Rife and myself believed we would win this game if the ladies could find the fight inside them that eluded us on Tuesday,” said Kryger.
“We are very happy with our effort on a very hot afternoon against one of the best teams in the Sunshine State Conference over the past few seasons. The performance was indicative of our young team, how we can have a performance on Tuesday that left us all a little upset and then today in which every player responded to our challenges as individuals and as a team. The season will continue to have it’s up and downs but we will surely have some more positives as the season gets older and as we prepare to be competitive in the hardest NCAA Division II region in the country,” continued the second-year Sailfish head coach.
Of the team’s 12 shots for PBA, Kuhn led the way with three shots while Weil and fellow freshmen Alivia McDaniel and Juliet Waller each posted two shots. Tangen Billings made two saves in goal for the Mocs.
PBA will get back in action next week on Wednesday, September 30th as the Sailfish host a soccer double-header with the men’s team taking on Barry University at 4 p.m. at Magic Jack Field and the women’s team taking on Florida Memorial University at 7 p.m. at Lantana Field.
“With a few days off we will look to regroup, recover and prepare for a tough Florida Memorial side that has been giving teams all sorts of problems. We will take the weekend to enjoy our families during this great PBA family weekend and focus on our spiritual lives. Tonight we went out on the field to “Glorify” it’s been our team’s motivation all year and through the strength the Lord has provided every girl represented our team mission displaying God’s love and grace on and off the field,” concluded Kryger.