Fish Rally Back to Tie Lynn in Hard Fought Match at Home
October 12, 2010
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Sunshine State foe Lynn University (4-4-2) tried to put an end to the winning ways of the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team this afternoon in a clash of the South Florida rivals at Gaines Park. A valiant second-half comeback from the Sailfish side earned them a well-deserved draw with the Fighting Knights, as the score was knotted at three after extra periods.
A hard-fought, physical match from beginning to end, PBA drew first blood in the 14th minute after Angie Kuhn’s cross connected with the head of Sophomore Juliet Waller, pasting the back of the net and giving the Fish an early advantage.
Despite an early score from the Sailfish side, the Fighting Knights controlled the majority of possession in the first period of play, outshooting PBA by a 10-3 margin. LU was finally able to capitalize in the 36th notch as Reanne Thomas collected a cross from fellow teammate Paige Meggison on the far left post. Leaving the Fish stunned by the first goal, the Knights went right back to work just two minutes later as they took the 2-1 lead thanks to Jamie Lockie’s blast through the upright from beyond 40 feet out.
The Knights would not make things easy for the Sailfish in the second half as they netted another goal in the 66th minute. Wellington native, Melissa Ortiz, who registered four of her six shots on goal for the day, blistered the back of the net off of a free kick giving Lynn the 3-1 advantage.
With less than 25 minutes to go to work, the Fish posted a resilient charge that started in the 73rd minute. Kuhn, veteran senior and leading scorer on the season, brought the Sailfish within one after fellow senior Angelica Torres laced a perfect through ball to her racing teammate. Kuhn’s footwork left LU goalkeeper Kelsey Butler staggered, giving PBA new life as she closed the Knight advantage to 3-2.
Approximately 10 minutes later, Kuhn found the same result, only this time fed by freshman Andrea Jefferson whose through ball gave the senior yet another one-on-one match-up with LU’s Butler.
With the score knotted at three in regulation, both teams would battle it out in two 10-minute Sudden Death periods. The Sailfish nearly netted two in the second overtime, but could not connect, ending in a 3-3 draw after 110 minutes of action.
“A game of ups and downs and a chance to win, today’s game had enough excitement to put anyone on the edge of their seats. Unfortunately, our attempt in the 2nd overtime off the crossbar could not find the back of the net and a tie ended up to be a good result,” commented head coach James Kryger.
Leading the defensive stand for the Fish was freshman goalkeeper Allison Fox, who continues to bring great results to the PBA lineup as she played the full match and collected 7 saves on the afternoon. Also putting up solid efforts for the Sailfish were Jefferson and senior Alex Regin who contained the LU offensive attack through the remainder of the second half.
“We were not happy as a team at halftime and we spoke about making the right adjustments to come out and find a way to win. We did some wonderful things going forward, still have to organize a little more out of our back but we put together an effort that really showed our character and is a testament to the girls hard work. If we can continue to play a 90 min game we will be a solid side in the final third of the season,” continued Kryger.
The Sailfish (7-2-1) are scheduled to play their next match this Friday, October 15th in Tampa, Florida as they take on another Sunshine State Conference opponent in the University of Tampa. That match will take place at 8 pm.
“We are looking forward to a trip to the west coast which will put us up against a well organized Tampa side Friday night under the lights,” concluded Kryger.