Men's Soccer Comes Up Short Versus #7-Ranked Rollins College

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

Sailfish Freshman Defender Chris Karafilov (Right) Takes on Rollins Striker Nick Sowers on Monday Afternoon at Magic Jack Field. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Sailfish Freshman Defender Chris Karafilov (Right) Takes on Rollins Striker Nick Sowers on Monday Afternoon at Magic Jack Field. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Playing in bright sunshine and windy conditions throughout their match, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and Rollins College men’s soccer teams got together Monday afternoon for 90 minutes of hard-fought action at Magic Jack Field. An early  goal by RC held up until the final two minutes when the #7-ranked Tars added a penalty kick goal which held up for the 2-0 final score.

Now 11-2-2 on the season, the Tars received the game’s first goal as senior Adam New registered his second goal of the season at the 14 minute mark to leave the Sailfish trailing at home for the first time this season.

With the wind pushing strongly in front of their attacking third, the Sailfish (7-6) opted to reduce their scoring opportunities in the first-half and concentrate on limiting the solid chances by the Tars offense. Although Rollins would take six shots in the opening period compared to only one by the Fish, the two teams would enter halftime with just the 1-0 score.

Now with the wind at their backs for the second-half, the Sailfish would create more opportunities for scoring chances, notching six shots of their own in the second-half however none would find the back of the net as RC keeper Keneil Baker would collect three saves in preserving the shutout.

The Tars added on a second score just shy of the 88th minute as a breakaway attempt was stopped short after PBA goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk would collide with the oncoming RC player. Chase Neinken would take the penalty-kick and although Strunk would get a piece of the shot, it would still find the back of the net for the score.

Palm Beach Atlantic will now look for win number eight on the season their next time out as they welcome in another Sunshine State Conference opponent in Saint Leo University. The Sailfish and Lions are scheduled to suit up at 3 pm on Thursday, October 28th.

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