Tampa Defense Shuts Out Sailfish in Women's Soccer

Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

TAMPA, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic Women’s soccer team took to the road this afternoon for a showdown under the lights with cross-state rival University of Tampa. Outshooting the Sailfish 19-4 throughout the match, the Spartans registered a goal in each period to hand PBA its first loss in six games by a score of 2-0.

Jumping on board in the 37th minute, UT registered its first goal thanks to Carolyn Simon’s rebound off of fellow teammate Gabby Jolin’s deflected shot. Simon collected the loose ball in the box before connecting with the left corner of the net, slating the early 1-0 advantage for the Spartans.

Holding the Fish to just one shot in the first half, Tampa closed out the period with 11 registered shots and a 5-0 margin on corner kicks.

The second 45 minutes proved to be no different than the first with UT’s defense continuing to contain PBA’s attacking third, only permitting three shots the entire period. After a rare red card on the Sailfish side left them one player short, the Spartans capitalized on the mismatch by scoring on a set piece between Samantha Kaye, Charlotte White, and Pasquale Anderson. Kaye found White in the far left corner, whose cross connected with Anderson before lacing the right post in the 71st minute and securing the 2-0 victory.

Despite a tough loss, head coach James Kryger reflected very positively on the match, “Today was a hard fought game. Overall, we are pretty happy. We did some real good things and we might not have gotten the win, but we did get valuable experience that will produce results later in the season. We are not happy with the red card as it had us playing a man down. But we still attacked and had chances overall.”

The Sailfish were once again led in defense behind freshman Allison Fox who earned eight saves in 90 minutes in the goal tonight. Additionally, PBA posted three players in the likes of Alex Regin, Jennie Weil, and Ashley Shoaf who collected the start and played the entire match for the Fish.

“We did not get the result we needed, but Tampa is a very good side, and we will look forward to a very good game on Tuesday,” concluded Kryger.

The Sailfish will take a few days off to prepare for their next competition versus South Florida rival, Nova Southeastern University. That match is set to take place on Tuesday, October 19th at 7:30 pm in Davie, Florida.

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