Men's Soccer Comes Up Short Versus Sharks

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

Box Score

DAVIE, Fla.- In what shaped up to be a match centered around three rather obscure goals, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team unfortunately came out on the wrong end on Tuesday night despite a good effort as they fell 2-1 to Nova Southeastern University to drop to 3-2 on the season.

Palm Beach Atlantic (3-2) benefited from an own goal scenario in the first-half to take an early 1-0 lead as PBA forward Gabe Carneiro crossed a ball into the box which was heading straight for the foot of senior Kyle Crouse but before it could arrive a NSU defenseman deflected the pass which went in for a Sailfish goal.

Down but not out, the Sharks (3-1-2) quickly responded a minute later with a hard shot from senior Aly Hassan who saw his shot deflect off the left post and conveniently to the feet of teammate Craig Heenighan who put the easy rebound in for the game-tying score.

The game-winner would come a few minutes later on what would be deemed a controversial play. NSU sophomore Paul Lewis would make a strong move toward goal and fire a shot past PBA goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk who witnessed the shot drill the cross-bar and come straight down, hitting just inside the mouth of the goal to be called good by the sideline referee.

The Sharks would enter halftime leading 2-1 as they also held a slim lead in the shot count at 6-5.

The second-half would feature more good ball control by both sides as neither team was able to muster a successful goal-scoring chance.

NSU keeper Lyle Howe would make three saves in net for the Sharks in earning his third victory of the year while Strunk was tagged with his second loss while registering one save.

Despite this being the first loss PBA has suffered versus NSU since 2006, Sailfish head coach Jose Gomez had a more positive outlook on the match.

“I was really happy with the way we played tonight. In my six seasons, I felt like tonight was the best we’ve played against Nova (Southeastern) as we really competed well and showed significant progress as to where we would like to be for later in the season,” concluded Gomez.

In what has been a spread out portion of their season schedule of late, the Sailfish won’t play again for eight days until Wednesday, September 29th when they play host to Florida Memorial University at 4 pm. The match is slated for kickoff at 4 p.m. at Magic Jack Field.

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