Lady Sailfish Force Overtime But Fall on Golden Goal to The Master's College
December 2, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Taking part in the first round of the 2009 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Women’s Soccer National Championship Tournament on Wednesday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer squad nearly pulled an upset in their opening match versus #2-seed The Master’s College by holding the Mustangs scoreless through two periods and into overtime. However TMC finally broke through roughly four minutes into the first overtime period for a 1-0 victory.
Having grossly outshot the Sailfish (9-9-1) throughout the match, the Mustangs got a cross from Emilyl Bruton to the feet of Ashlea Andrade in the 93rd minute as her shot went flying past the outstretched arms of goal keeper Kayla Webb.
In total, the Mustangs (13-5-2), who represent the West Region and are from Santa Clarita, California, collected 16 shots while PBA could muster only three total shots.
With both teams forced to deal with strong gusting winds throughout the afternoon, the Sailfish would have the wind at their back in the first-half and present some tough challenges for the Mustangs defense. PBA was awarded four corner kick opportunities while limiting TMC to only one corner kick in the first 45 minutes of play. Halftime had six shots on the board for the Mustangs.
After starting senior goalkeeper Ashley Morrell was forced to leave the game due to injury towards the end of the first-half, freshman keeper Kayla Webb was forced to step up. No stranger to playing time as a true freshman, Webb stepped in admirably and kept the Fish alive by making a number of high-quality saves in keeping the scoreboard silent.
Webb finished with six saves for the match. Her counterpart was Amanda Durocher from The Master’s College who managed two saves in the win.
PBA will now continue through the tournament in the consolation rounds as they begin preparing for a showdown with the loser of Grace College and Judson University on Thursday at 12 p.m. Weather permitting, the game will be called live via the Sailfish Sports Network.