Sailfish Score Early and Often in Home Opener Shutout Against Florida Memorial

Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Upon returning home from Labor Day weekend action in Arkansas, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team (2-1) opened their home season action tonight in high fashion with an easy 3-0 victory over visiting Florida Memorial University (0-3). The goals were registered by two different Sailfish, with the third being an own-goal incidentally tapped in by a Lady Lion defender.

“Tonight was a good display of our attacking capabilites. Although we’re still very young as a whole, we came out, achieved the goals we talked about and then turned to our defense which was much improved tonight,” commented head coach James Kryger.

Much like their previous game against Ouachita Baptist, the Fish were quick to draw blood early on in the first half of play. A hard foul on FMU set up Sophomore Ashley Shoaf with a free kick just outside the box in the 12th minute of play. Her floater to the upper far right corner found nothing but net, with no chance for goalkeeper Katelyn Butler to even get a finger on it.

Not wasting any time, the Lady Sailfish continued to dominate possession on the front line when sophomore midfielder Jennie Weil executed a short corner set-play with senior Angie Kuhn, whose quick pass back to Weil in the 14th minute opened up an uncontested blast to the near post.

PBA clearly dominated first half possession with 8 shots compared to only 2 registered by FMU. The pesky play of the Sailfish offense earned the squad’s third and final goal when a loose ball was accidentally knocked in by a Lion defender in the 27th minute.

A physical game all the way through, the defensive end for the Blue and White, led by freshman goalkeeper Allison Fox, held off the Lady Lions for the remainder of the match and secured their second shutout of the young season. Once again, Fox earned the start in goal for the Fish and posted four saves on the day during all 90 minutes of action.

As the squad anticipates next week’s play against a highly competitive South Florida foe in Barry University, Kryger remarked on preparation for that match: “We talked about some areas we need to clean up before the game Monday, but it will be important to get our legs back and come out flying against a really tough Barry squad. As the season moves forward quickly, it is going to be important that we keep improving on our game tactics and use that to put together a quality 90. A great job and a nice step forward.”

The Sailfish have the weekend off before facing the Barry Buccaneers on Monday, September 13th. Although originally scheduled as a home game, that match has been moved to Miami Shores, Florida for an 8:00 pm start time due to a scheduling conflict.

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