Palm Beach Atlantic Earns Big Road Win at Florida Tech

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

The Palm Beach Atlantic University Men's Soccer Team Improved to 2-1 on the Season with a 3-1 Win at Florida Tech on Friday. Photo Courtesy of: Tom Strunk. The Palm Beach Atlantic University Men's Soccer Team Improved to 2-1 on the Season with a 3-1 Win at Florida Tech on Friday. Photo Courtesy of: Tom Strunk.

Box Score

MELBOURNE, Fla.- Partner a little luck with some heads up play and you can win a lot of soccer matches. That is exactly what the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team proved on Friday afternoon as they posted a solid 3-1 victory over Florida Tech at Rick Stottler Field. Senior striker Kyle Crouse took advantage of a bad goalkeeper pass while an own goal off a Panthers defender proved to be more than enough in PBA’s second win in three matches to begin the 2010 season.

The Sailfish (2-1) would add a goal by freshman Chris Karafilov in the second-half that produced more shots but less goals as the Panthers (1-2) produced a penalty-kick goal late in the contest to spoil the shutout.

Red-shirt sophomore Jonathan Strunk collected his second victory of the season as the Evanston, Illinois native managed one save in goal.

Crouse, one of the top scoring options the past three seasons for head coach Jose Gomez, stole a pass just shy of the 4th minute as the FIT goalkeeper attempted to clear a previous play to give the Fish the early advantage.

That would be all the scoring either team would do in the first 45 minutes as the teams went into halftime with the Fish leading 1-0 while the Panthers led the shot total of the first-half with a 5-4 lead.

After the second-half began, the Blue and White wouldn’t wait long to get back into the scoring column although it came from some help from the Panthers defense. A long cross would enter the Panthers box only to have a FIT defender attempt to clear the dangerous attack and then proceed to go in for a second goal and a 2-0 lead for PBA just 110 seconds into the second half.

Karafilov would add his goal in the 57th minute on a shot from the top of the box that beat FIT goalkeeper Derrick Hackett for the third and final score of the afternoon for PBA.

Gary Ogilvie tallied the penalty kick score for FIT in the 85th minute to finalize the score at 3-1.

Palm Beach Atlantic held the final shot count advantage by a 11-9 tally while also leading in corner kick opportunities by a total of 9-6.

PBA will return to the pitch on Tuesday, September 14th at 4 p.m. when they host Eckerd College in another pivotal South Region contest.

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