Resilient Effort Leads Fish to Win Over Flagler College

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

PBA Goalkeeper Allison Fox (Pictured) Made Six Saves on Wednesday Evening as the Fish Outlasted Flagler College for a 2-1 win. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. PBA Goalkeeper Allison Fox (Pictured) Made Six Saves on Wednesday Evening as the Fish Outlasted Flagler College for a 2-1 win. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

MELBOURNE, Fla.- Playing  in a rare neutral site contest, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team squared off versus Flagler College at Rockledge Central Park near Melbourne, Florida on Wednesday evening before a nice sized crowd interested in seeing two quality NCAA Division II teams compete. With all the scoring coming in a ten minute span early in the first-half, the Sailfish fell behind early then came back and held on for a 2-1 win.

Both teams would be active early as the Saints (4-5-1) came away with the game’s first goal just under the fifth minute when a long free kick found the head of a Flagler forward only to miss and find the feet of Lindsay Zullo who confidently placed the rebound into the back of the net for an early lead.

Somewhat stunned by the early score, the Sailfish (7-2) did not panic and began to put together a few productive runs of their own over the next few minutes as they pressured the Saints back line.

Senior Alex Regin helped the Fish get on the board first when she sent a long pass from near mid-field into the neighborhood of sophomore Juliet Waller who out leaped Flagler goalkeeper Christina Coca and knocked the ball loose from her grip as the two players came flying in near the mouth of the goal to knot the score at 1-1.

Perhaps still shocked after the first PBA score, the Flagler defense was caught in transition just one minute and one second from the Waller score as junior Katie Runyon delivered a sharp cross from the right corner in the direction of sophomore Jennie Weil who drilled a header into the corner of the net to give PBA a 2-1 lead.

With three goals scored in the first 15 minutes of the game many fans on hand may have thought a high-scoring affair would be in store however both defenses buckled down while the scoring chances would be squandered and squelched by good goalie play and quick clearances by both teams.

“Tonight was a fantastic effort across the board,” said head coach James Kryger.

“We battled for the full 90 and received a fantastic job. From the back line forward a tremendous effort and after a great week of practice we can be very happy with our result and our 7-2 record. We are very excited to go into another week of high training and work out some kinks and be ready for a tough Lynn side,” continued Kryger.

The Saints outshot the Sailfish by a final tally of 16-11 while also winning the battle in corner kicks at 5-2. Palm Beach Atlantic was whistled for 10 fouls compared to only five by the Saints in what was a well-played and physical match by both squads.

After allowing the early goal, the Sailfish proved strong the remainder of the contest as they were led by the likes of seniors Alex Regin and Angie Kuhn,  as well as freshman Andrea Jefferson, sophomore Ashley Shoaf, and Rockledge native Courtney Calhoun who all played a full 90 minutes. True freshman keeper Allison Fox produced one of her finest performances to date in a Sailfish uniform with six saves.

The Fish will now begin preparations for their next outing which will not come until Tuesday, October 12th when the Blue and White will host Lynn University at 4 p.m. The match is slated to be played at Gaines Park.

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