Thompson's Second-Half Game Winner Leads Sailfish to Win Over Northwood

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

Lewis Thompson (Pictured, Front) and Goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk (Pictured, Back) Once Again Paved the Way for a Sailfish Shutout Victory. Photo Courtesy of: Tom Strunk. Lewis Thompson (Pictured, Front) and Goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk (Pictured, Back) Once Again Paved the Way for a Sailfish Shutout Victory. Photo Courtesy of: Tom Strunk.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Battling for a full 90 minutes, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and Northwood University men’s soccer teams engaged in a hard-nosed match on Saturday afternoon before a large crowd at Magic Jack Field. Nearly even in every statistical category, the Sailfish were able to land a second-half goal from senior defender Lewis Thompson off a corner kick from senior Juan Villagrana that gave the Sailfish the only score they would need in the 1-0 win.

The goal for Thompson came in the 61st minute as Villagrana’s curling corner kick came in as Thompson took a sharp angle toward goal then utilized the side of his foot to shoot the ball off the keeper’s outstretched arms and then into the back of the net for what would turn out to be the game-winner as the game’s only goal.

A steady defensemen in his first season with the club after transferring from Lincoln Memorial University, Thompson has taken only four shots this season with two of them going for scores, both of which have been game-winners. Thompson also scored the game-winning goal versus St. Thomas University on October 5th when his shot in the 97th minute led the Sailfish to an overtime win.

Playing in ideal weather conditions as bright sunshine mixed with occasional cloud cover, the players and fans were treated to an excellent environment for the two West Palm Beach rivals to take the pitch.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk led the defensive efforts for PBA by making two saves in posting his fourth shutout of the season. The backline defense of Thompson, senior Andrew Kanarr, senior Josh Sharpe, and freshman Chris Karafilov, played the full 90 minutes while helping starve off a number of Northwood scoring chances.

In the end, the Seahawks would win the shots battle 11-9 while also taking a 5-4 lead in corner kick opportunities. NU keeper Andy Robertsen made three saves in goal for the Seahawks as they dropped to 9-4 on the season.

PBA will take a two-game road trip next week as they will battle Barry University on Wednesday, October 20th in Miami Shores for a 7 pm kickoff then head north to Murfreesboro, North Carolina for a showdown with Chowan University on Saturday, October 23rd at 1 pm.

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