Singlar's Late First-Half Goal Enough as Sailfish Hand Tritons First Loss
September 14, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With a strong wind against them during the first-half, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team didn’t appear that they would be able to find the back of the net in the first half of action against Eckerd College in the team’s home opener on Tuesday afternoon at Magic Jack Field. That all changed with under two minutes in the half when freshman Evan Singlar broke the scoreless tie with his first career goal that would stand up for a 1-0 PBA win.
Singlar’s goal came at the 42:59 mark of the first-half as he collected a loose ball just beyond the top of the box, made a swift move to the left then drilled home the only goal of the match past a stunned EC goalkeeper in Toni Virtanen.
The first-half would only allow for two shots by the Sailfish as the Tritons controlled the possession of most of the first half. With a warm day with plenty of humidity, Sailfish head coach Jose Gomez opted to insert Singlar and two other subs only minutes before the game-winnings strike as a way of freshening up his lineup only to find the ultimate success with Singlar’s good work.
Sailfish goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk posted his second shutout of the season while making three saves while Virtanen dropped his first match of the season while also coming away with a trio of saves.
With the wind at their back in the second-half, the Sailfish were able to find more offensive opportunities but in the end could not add to their lead. The Fish evened up the shot count with EC in the second-half at five shots each while the Tritons held the match lead at 11-7.
PBA improves to 3-1 on the season and will now look to rest up for their next match which will not come for another week as they will travel to nearby Davie, Florida on Tuesday, September 21st to take on the Nova Southeastern University Sharks for a 7 p.m. showdown.