Second-Half Scoring Surge Sinks Seahawks on Senior Day

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

Cheyne Roberts (Pictured) Was One of Nine Seniors to Be Honored Before the Match on Wednesday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Cheyne Roberts (Pictured) Was One of Nine Seniors to Be Honored Before the Match on Wednesday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After a slow start that resulted in a 1-0 deficit at the half, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team came out firing on all cylinders in the second-half on Wednesday afternoon before a nice size crowd on hand at Magic Jack Field. The Fish became relentless as they tallied an astonishing six goals in the second-half to down Northwood University by a final tally of 6-1.

The team, parents on hand, and the fans that poured into Magic Jack Field throughout the afternoon witnessed a pregame ceremony that honored the team’s nine seniors. From there the teams kicked off only to see the Seahawks find the back of the net first with a goal in the 25th minute. Tom Stringer sent a long shot from just past the midfield over the head of PBA goalkeeper Joe Yurchak for the matches’ first score.

That’s where things would remain for the rest of the first-half as NU went into halftime nursing a 1-0 lead. PBA held the shots advantage 10-4 in the opening 45 minutes while also leading 3-0 in corner kicks.

After a  halftime speech and a few cups of water on the hot afternoon, the Fish regrouped and came out with an obvious attacking mindset as they went up 3-1 in the first six minutes of the second-half.

Juan Villagrana was the first Sailfish player to score as senior Johnathon Clark delivered a corner into the box that Villagrana proceeded to one touch for the game-tying score at the 47:38 mark. Just 19 seconds later came the eventual game-winning goal as junior Kyle Crouse tallied his team-leading ninth goal of the season on an assist from senior Chance Sumner. Gabe Carneiro made the next score three minutes later as Crouse sent a shot that ricocheted off the Northwood goal keeper’s hands for another score and a 3-1 PBA lead.

Up next would be Clark who would take a penalty kick in the 64th minute as he cashed in for the eighth time this season.

Junior Tumi Magadlela got into the act next for PBA in the 66th minute as he found the back of the net after a slotted pass from Sumner to make it 5-1. The final score of the afternoon came 78 seconds before the final horn sounded as freshman Aaron Michael received a cross from Enrico Zanella to the far post as Michael tallied his first collegiate goal.

Of the team’s six goals, three of the scores were the first goals of the season for the likes of Villagrana, Magadlela, and Michael.

Senior Joe Yurchak, who stopped a penalty kick in the second-half, earned the victory yet again for PBA as the four-year starting keeper played nearly 84 minutes with five saves before giving way to backup Jonathan Strunk for the final six minutes of action. Ryan Wallich took the loss for NU who drops to 9-7-1 on the season while Wallich made 10 saves.

In total, the Sailfish outshot the Seahawks by a final of 27-9 with PBA holding the 17-5 advantage in the second-half.

Today’s action wraps up the regular season for Palm Beach Atlantic with announcements about upcoming postseason play looming. Stay tuned to for future announcements about where and when the Sailfish will next play.

GAME NOTES: The nine seniors honored before the match were: Joe Yurchak, Johnathon Clark, Enrico Zanella, Mark Cabrera, Chance Sumner, Shane Redfield, Roberto Salas, Cheyne Roberts, and Anthony Mack.

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