Heartbreaker Goes Nova's Way in Late Win over Sailfish
October 19, 2010
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
DAVIE, Fla.- Making the short trek to their southern neighbor, Nova Southeastern University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team came up just short after a late score gave the Sharks (7-4-1) a 1-0 victory.
Similar to their match last weekend against the University of Tampa, the Fish struggled piecing together an offensive attack against top Sunshine State Conference leader, NSU. Playing without the likes of their leading scorer, Angie Kuhn, who sustained an injury to her ribs over the weekend, PBA registered three shots the entire match versus 15 by that of their counterpart.
After a quiet first half that saw only five combined shots from both squads, the Sharks came out of the break with a fresh wind and nearly tripled their shot count in the final period.
After 80 minutes of scoreless action, it appeared that overtime would be necessary to settle the match. But Nova finally connected on one of their 11 shots in the half during the 84th minute of play. NSU’s Alexis Hernandez fired a shot from just beyond the 18’, but was incidentally deflected inside the post by a PBA defender in her attempt to clear the ball, registering as an own goal and giving the Sharks the 1-0 advantage.
“This loss stings a little bit,” said head coach James Kryger. “We felt we were the better team on the night, and an own goal is a tough way to lose. But we fought well and we did great things.”
Despite a tough loss, freshman goalkeeper Allison Fox continues to bring an impressive style of play to the lineup as she started and played all 90 minutes in the net for the Fish, collecting 10 saves on the night. The Sailfish were also led in minutes played by sophomores Jennie Weil and Ashley Shoaf, junior Katie Runyon, and seniors Angelica Torres and Alex Regin, who all played the full 90 tonight.
“Our game plan tonight was played out very well by the girls. Credit them for their hard nose play and going out to against the top team in the SSC and nationally ranked Nova nose to nose,” concluded Kryger.
The Fish (7-4-1) will rest up for the remainder of the week before returning to West Palm Beach this coming Saturday, October 23rd, to take on NCAA Division II member and NCCAA south region opponent Chowan University. That match is set to take place at noon at Magic Jack field.