Sailfish Earn Atlanta Series Sweep with Overtime Victory Against NGU
September 25, 2010
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
ATLANTA, Ga.- Coming off of a hard fought battle on Thursday against visiting USC-Aiken, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team took the field once more at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park for the final game of their weekend series versus South Carolina opponents. After 91 minutes of play on a hot Georgia afternoon, the Fish secured a 3-2 overtime win over North Greenville University to move to a 6-2 record on the season.
PBA wasted no time getting on top early when leading-scorer Angie Kuhn received a 1-2 ball from freshman Andrea Jefferson in the third minute of action. Jefferson tipped a throw-in from forward Juliet Waller to Kuhn who placed an unreachable ball from inside the 18’ to the near post for a 1-0 lead.
The Sailfish kept NGU goalkeeper Regina Ibanga busy all half with seven saves as they pounded in 14 shots, compared to five from their Crusader counterparts. With under 15 minutes left in the first period, Kuhn registered her second goal of the match off of a perfect through ball from sophomore Meagan Phillips, which the senior laced through the upright.
The second half started much like the first one ended with PBA continuing to outshoot the Crusaders. Yet, NGU slowly made their way back into contention during the 54th minute when Michelle Salle caught the PBA defense napping as she took three simple dribbles before finding the inside of the Sailfish crossbar and cutting the lead 2-1.
The Fish were unable to hold off the building momentum of the NGU offensive side as the Crusaders knotted the score at 2-2 in the final three minutes of the half, forcing a sudden death overtime.
Collecting themselves at the break, however, PBA went right to work in the overtime period, collecting the game-winning goal in the first minute of play when Jefferson connected with Waller on the far left post.
Head Coach James Kryger had a positive approach to today’s game: “It was a great offensive output, and with a little better touch here and there, we could have been up four or five at the half. But that’s soccer. Give credit to North Greenville who fought back and played a great second half. We are happy with the win, but know that we should put these games away a lot earlier. We’re looking forward to a good game next week.”
The Sailfish will enjoy a few days off before taking on Sunshine State Conference opponent Florida Tech on Wednesday, September 29th. That match is set to take place at 7 pm in Melbourne, Florida.