Sailfish Too Strong at Home, Secure Saturday Shutout over Eckerd
September 18, 2010
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After an explosive victory over Ave Maria earlier in the week, the offensive attack of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s women’s soccer team would not die down as they defeated Eckerd College (1-5) on Saturday afternoon 3-0. Now 4-2 on the season, the Sailfish finished the week with a record of 2-1.
Much like Tuesday’s match-up verses AMU, PBA came out explosively from the first whistle with a near tally in the first 11 seconds of play. Once again, the Fish outshot their opponent throughout the match by a count of 19-5, and the defense nearly shutout the Tritons in the first period by only allowing one attempt, which came during the waning minutes of the half.
Maintaining possession in their attacking third throughout the majority of the first half, PBA finally got on board in the 42nd minute of action when a through ball off the foot of senior defender Alex Regin caught up to a racing Angie Kuhn. The senior forward’s quick-turn and fire blasted over the reach of EC’s keeper Kelly Zahorski, giving the Fish a 1-0 margin entering halftime.
Sophomore Jennie Weil gave the Sailfish some breathing room at the 73rd mark when some confusion on the Triton defensive end left her completely open on the right side, allowing her three quick dribbles before pasting the near post and registering her second goal of the season.
Eckerd recorded three shots on the goal in the second half, but PBA would put the Tritons away in the 85th minute when Kuhn tallied her second goal of the game off of a 1-2 set play from sophomore Ashley Shoaf. Kuhn’s one touch to the near post secured PBA’s 3-0 shutout over EC, giving her a total of five goals on the young season.
PBA’s defense continued to support the likes of goalkeeper Allison Fox, who started and played all 90 minutes in the net, and registered three saves on the day. “Tonight was a great effort. For 90 minutes we stood firm on defense and pushed the ball from right to left in the middle in a controlled fashion, which allowed us to do really well up front,” commented head coach James Kryger.
PBA will enjoy a four day break before making the trek up to the Peach State for a weekend round-robin in northern Georgia. The Fish are set to play a 4 pm matchup against USC-Aiken on Thursday, September 23rd in Atlanta.