Seniors Go Out with a Bang as PBA Dominates Benedictine-Springfield

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

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Welcoming in a rare out of state opponent, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team wrapped up their regular season home schedule on Saturday afternoon as the Sailfish dominated Benedictine University at Springfield (NAIA) from the opening kickoff. After a pair of goals in the first-half, the Fish came out rejuvenated in the second-half and tacked on four more goals for a 6-0 final score.

Playing in front of a nice sized crowd out to support the Sailfish (10-6) on Senior Day, the crowd was treated to a cool South Florida day as the sunshine shined brightly amidst temperatures ranging in the low-60’s. PBA’s four seniors of Andrew Kanarr, Josh Sharpe, Juan Villagrana, and Kyle Crouse were all honored with their families at a half-time ceremony.

Although the final tally of goals was 6-0, the Sailfish could have possibly earned an even bigger margin of victory if not for some solid saves by the Bulldogs goalkeeper and a few shots that glanced off the posts. In the end, PBA outshout Benedictine-Springfield by a shot count of 33-2 while gaining 10 corner kicks to only one for the Dogs.

The scoring did not start right away for PBA however as the game’s first goal did not come until the 25th minute when Kanarr found sophomore Charlie Hubbard on a nice low-cross that Hubbard neatly put home for a 1-0 lead.

After being fouled just beyond the penalty box, Crouse would tally goal number eight on the season for the Lakeland, Florida native as he blistered a shot to the right of the BUS keeper that gave PBA a 2-0 lead in the 29th minute.

That would be all the scoring in the first-half as PBA finished with 15 shots to only one by the Bulldogs.

Mixing up his lineup in the second-half, PBA head coach Jose Gomez would see his team score four more goals to put the match out of reach.

Villagrana would score goal number three of the day in the 53rd minute when his free kick glanced off the goalkeepers hands and into goal.

Sharpe would step up next as the fourth and final senior to get into the scoring column as he delivered a goal home at the 69:20 mark only to see another goal find the back of the net just 19 seconds later as Evan Singlar got into the action.

Singlar would add another score in the 79th minute on an assist from Hubbard.

Palm Beach Atlantic will now turn their attention to preparations for the upcoming NCCAA South Region tournament that is set to take place on November 19-20 in Murfreesboro, North Carolina on the campus of Chowan University.

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