Fish Keep Winning Streak Alive In Win Over FIT

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

West Palm Beach, Fla.- While their shutout streak to start the season may have ended, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team continued to post nothing but wins as they improved to 3-0 on the season with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Florida Tech Panthers on Tuesday night at Lantana Field.

After posting back-to-back shutouts in their first two games, against Emmanuel College and St. Andrew Presbyterian University respectively, PBA was focused on their first in-state opponent on Tuesday night against Florida Tech.

Sophomore Cheyne Roberts (Plant City, Fla.) got the scoring started for the Sailfish as he deposited his first goal of the night in the 15th minute after rebounding a corner-kick attempt. Roberts would strike quickly again eight minutes later as a he took advantage of a penalty kick for the Fish, making it 2-0.

The two-goal advantage would hold up the rest of the half as both defenses kept both teams in check with opportunities few and far between for both squads.

After the two quick goals by Roberts, it seemed almost destined for the game to go scoreless the rest of the way until Panther forward Bello Illiassou (Gabon, Africa) turned an Adam Busshaus (Melbourne, Fla.) pass into a breakaway goal in the 74th minute to cut the Sailfish lead in half.

With the Panthers receiving new life on the Illiassou goal, the Sailfish squad kicked things back into high gear starting with a goal by senior Matt Sweesy just short of the 88th minute to give the Fish a more comfortable two-goal lead entering the final minutes of action. Sweesy’s goal came after the FIT goalkeeper was unable to secure a save and Sweesy quickly pounced on the rebound for the Sailfish’s third score of the evening.

Caleb Roberts (Plant City, Fla.) added a fourth and final goal when he headed in a pass from teammate Chance Sumner (Valrico, Fla.) to cap the Sailfish’s hard-earned victory.

Sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Yurchak (Lakeland, Fla.) continued his good work as he registered five saves in the victory while allowing just the one goal.

With a perfect start to the season, head coach Jose Gomez commented mostly on the effort of his players after a hard-fought win over the Panthers.

“The guys really started off well and ended well with two goals late to put it away, we simply have to get better during the middle portions of the game which I think will really help improve our team as a whole,” said the third-year leader of the Sailfish.

PBA hits the road over the weekend as they travel to Tigerville, South Carolina to take on North Greenville University on Saturday, September 1st with kickoff scheduled at 4:00 p.m. The PBA women’s soccer team will also be in action on Saturday at North Greenville with their game slated to start at 12:00 p.m.

The Sailfish will then have a 10-day rest period as they won’t play again until Tuesday, September 11th when they travel to St. Leo University for a game scheduled for 7:00

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