Late Charge Falls Just Short for PBA Women's Soccer at FIT

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

Box Score

MELBOURNE, Fla.- Taking on a tough Florida Tech team on Tuesday in a makeup contest, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team nearly spoiled an early lead for the Panthers as they fell behind 3-0 before coming back for a 3-2 final in favor of FIT. Played on Tuesday afternoon at Rick Stottler Field, the Fish and Panthers both now stand at 8-5-1 on the season.

Although the Sailfish would fall in defeat by the close margin, head coach James Kryger still found some positives moving forward.

“Today was a tough loss as we kept knocking on the door as we had more corner kicks and just as many shot on goal opportunities but the FIT keeper made some good saves and kept them in the ballgame,” said Kyrger. 

A defensive struggle early on, the Sailfish fell behind 1-0 in the opening half thanks to a Casey Lademann goal in the 37th minute that put the home team on top. That lead would hold until intermission as the two teams headed to the lockeroom for halftime.

Lademann would strike again just 35 seconds into the second-half as her 12th goal of the season came from teammate Mallory Bond as her shot just inside the box found the back of the net to go ahead 2-0.

Florida Tech would improve their lead to 3-0 in the 61st minute when Kelly Whittaker would find herself in the scoring column on an assist from Karley O’Brien.

Down but not out, the Fish would spoil the shutout and begin their comeback bid when senior Angie Kuhn tallied her team-leading 11th goal of the season after a free kick from fellow senior Alex Regin for a score in the 68th minute.

The Panthers would make a goalkeeping change for the remainder of the contest as they opted to go with Emma Ahlstrand tending the net for the final 21 minutes of the contest.

Junior Michele Kappas would be the next Sailfish player to find the back of the net as teammate Ashley Shoaf served a ball in from the left-side where Kappas would then neatly cut the lead to 3-2 with around five minutes to play.

Although the Sailfish would pressure for a game-tying strike, the Panthers defense would hold on and lift the home-standing team to victory.

Florida Tech would hold the final shots advantage by a 23-11 count however the teams were even for shots on goal at nine shots apiece. PBA also held the advantage in corner kick tries with a 5-4 mark.

PBA freshman goalkeeper Allison Fox would go the full 90 minutes between the pipes and tally seven saves.
“Today’s match brought to close a hard and hot game and proved we still need some defensive tweaks that we hope to make and be ready for Thursday at home versus St. Thomas,” concluded Coach Kryger.

Now turning their focus to St. Thomas University and Thursday’s matchup at home, the Fish will begin the final stretch of the season. Stay tuned to pbasailfish.com for more information about this upcoming game.

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