Sailfish Veterans Lead Men's Soccer Team to Rout of Florida Memorial

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

Juan Villagrana (Pictured) Takes on a Florida Memorial Defender in Saturday Afternoon's Match. PBA Prevailed 6-0. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Juan Villagrana (Pictured) Takes on a Florida Memorial Defender in Saturday Afternoon's Match. PBA Prevailed 6-0. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After being shutout in their last two matches, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team made sure that wouldn’t be the case on Saturday afternoon as they pummeled Florida Memorial University for six goals and shutout the Lions 6-0 before a nice crowd at Magic Jack Field.

Senior Cheyne Roberts and junior Kyle Crouse each tallied two goals apiece while veterans Johnathon Clark and Chance Sumner each added in a goal to produce the highest-scoring contest of the season. The six goals the Sailfish produced were their most in a single game since the 2008 season opening 7-1 win on August 30th, 2008 against Colorado State University at Pueblo. 

A first year program, Florida Memorial dropped to 3-4-1 on the season while the win pushed PBA’s overall record to 5-3-1. Certainly no slouch as a first-year program, the Lions have defeated the likes of Eckerd College this season and even played the University of Tampa to a close match that left the Spartans just barely enough to earn a 2-1 victory.

The Fish would score in intervals in the first-half as Sumner struck first in the 15th minute as he took a long-ball, dribbled in from the left-side and beat FMU keeper Rubiel Vazquez into the corner for the game’s first score.

PBA’s next scoring chance came in the 24th minute when senior Johnathon Clark took on three FMU defenders then moved toward the center of the box and delivered a rocket to the back of the net to go up 2-0. Roberts tacked on a third goal of the half just 16 seconds before halftime as he made good on a penalty kick try to increase the Sailfish lead to 3-0.

While the first-half saw the Sailfish score in intervals, the second-half would be just the opposite as a rejuvenated attack poured three goals into the back of the net with in a 75 second span just after the second-half began.

First came Crouse for his first score of the afternoon as Sumner’s first attempt glanced off the FMU keeper’s hands back to the feet of Crouse who easily put home the rebound goal at the 46:07 mark. 58 seconds later freshman Tumi Magadlela served in a corner kick to the feet of Roberts who put home the soccer ball for a 5-0 lead. Finally, 17 seconds after Roberts goal came a streaking Crouse who took advantage of a risky decision by the Lions keeper to come off his line to try and clear a ball and Crouse easily took advantage for the 6-0 lead.

After the quick beginning to the second-half, the Sailfish began to utilize some of their reserve players and felt comfortable with the 6-0 lead. 22 Sailfish players saw playing time on the afternoon.

The second-half also unfortunately saw a bevy of cards come out as the Lions were whistled for a total of four cautions in the second period including two red cards. FMU earned two yellow cautions in the first-half.

FMU keeper Rubiel Vazquez took the loss for the Lions however the freshman goal tender made a number of solid saves otherwise the game may have been at a larger margin. Vasquez finished with 10 saves while the Sailfish tallied 30 total shots on goal for the match.

Senior Joe Yurchak earned the victory and the shutout for PBA in goal while stopping two FMU shots while sophomore Jonathan Strunk played the final 38 minutes to earn some valuable experience.

PBA will hope to take today’s momentum into their next match which will be a tough South Region test in nationally-ranked University of Tampa. The Sailfish and the Spartans will participate in a make-up match from an earlier season rainout. The match is slated for Tuesday, October 6th in West Palm Beach with the exact location and time of the game to be announced.


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