Fish Fight Back for Second-Half Victory Over Grace College at NCCAA National Tournament

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

Gabby Lopez (Pictured) Tallied the Game-Winning Goal in the Second-Half as a Part of the 3-1 Win for PBA Over Grace College. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Gabby Lopez (Pictured) Tallied the Game-Winning Goal in the Second-Half as a Part of the 3-1 Win for PBA Over Grace College. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Having not scored a goal in four straight NCCAA National Tournament games dating back to 2007, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer finally broke through in a big way on Thursday afternoon as they tallied three scores in the second-half against Grace College to earn a well-deserved 3-1 victory. Three different Sailfish players registered goals as PBA earned their 10th victory of the season.

Having dropped their opening-round match versus The Master’s College on Wednesday in overtime, the Lady Sailfish could have come out sluggish against their next opponent in Grace College who also lost their first round match against Judson University in a tight contest; but that would not be the case as PBA rebounded from a tough start to earn the victory.

After a scoreless first-half saw a total of eight shots made by the two teams with PBA registering three shots, the two teams came out much more aggressive in the second period.

The number six-seeded Lancers (14-6-1) struck first when Kristin Yocum sent a long ball towards the PBA goal while teammate Elizabeth Heuss flicked the ball past Sailfish keeper Kayla Webb on a header for the matches’ first goal in the 52nd minute.

It would be just under four minutes later that the Sailfish (10-9-1) would answer as junior Angie Kuhn collected a ball behind the keeper that glanced off her hands for an easy put-back goal just shy of the 56th minute.

A few minutes later the game-winner would come in similar fashion as freshman forward Gabby Lopez launched a shot from the right-side that again just escaped the hands of GC goal keeper Abigail Burns and slowly rolled into the mouth of the goal for the score. The goal was Lopez’ second of the season and came today in the 62nd minute.

Freshman Ashley Shoaf took advantage of a mental lapse by the Lancer’s defense late in the game in the 87th minute to add a third goal on an assist from junior Angelia Torres.

Webb earned the victory in goal for PBA as she managed an impressive seven saves while her counterpart Burns made seven saves as well.

The Lancers finished with the edge in shots with a 13-11 total while both teams were given five corner kick opportunities.

The victory pushes PBA in place to participate in the 5th place game which will be held on Saturday, December 4th as PBA will battle at 12:30 p.m. at Austin Tindall Park once again.

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