Battle in Atlanta Goes Sailfish Way as They Edge out USC Aiken 2-1

Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

Freshman Andrea Jefferson registered her second goal of the season during PBA's 2-1 victory over USC-Aiken on Thursday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori RichardsFreshman Andrea Jefferson registered her second goal of the season during PBA's 2-1 victory over USC-Aiken on Thursday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards

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ATLANTA, Ga.- After an early morning flight to the Peach State, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team kicked off game one of their weekend action against the University of South Carolina-Aiken in a rare neutral-site hosting at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park. A unique opportunity to play in a professional stadium, the Lady Sailfish took full advantage as they added to their early season winning streak with a 2-1 margin over the visiting Pacers.

Early game jitters and adjusting to new elements kept both teams in check for the first moments of the half. The Fish finally found a rhythm in the 13th minute when sophomore Ashley Shoaf delivered a crisp pass inside the 18’ to a charging Andrea Jefferson. The freshman’s one touch to the right post left goalkeeper Nicole Westphal dead in her tracks, granting PBA a 1-0 advantage.

The Fish continued to dominate first half possession, outshooting the Pacers by a count of 8-1. PBA connected once again just five minutes later after a booming punt from Sailfish goalkeeper Allison Fox caught the foot of a racing Angie Kuhn who simply outpaced the last USCA defender. The senior forward quickly gathered the long ball and laced the far right corner of the net, tallying the PBA lead 2-0.

The Pacers made some key adjustments during halftime and pushed the ball through the PBA defensive end multiple times in the final 45 minutes. Their second chance efforts granted USC-Aiken a goal at the 72nd mark when Aubrey Danielson stole a dropped ball from Fox and found a wide open net, closing the margin 2-1.

The Pacers gave PBA a few more scares in the final minutes of the match, but the Sailfish defense once again held off their opponents in what turned out to be a highly physical match from beginning to end.

“Tonight’s game was another fine showing in our attacking third. We were able to come out strong, possess the majority of the ball in the first half, and found the goal deservedly so two times in the first period. The second half was a good defensive showing. Our team is still learning to make adjustments in our tactics so that we can continue the quality play we’ve seen in the past two weeks,” commented head coach James Kryger.   

The Sailfish will take Friday off to rest up for their Saturday matchup with fellow NCCAA South Regional opponent North Greenville University. Scheduled to play once again at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park, PBA is slotted to play the Crusaders at noon on September 25th.

Kryger concluded with positive thoughts on today’s match-up as well as a preview for the weekend: “It was a great start to a two game trip in the Peach State. We’ll look forward to a solid outing on Saturday against a scrappy North Greenville side.”

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