Waller's Golden Goal Lifts PBA to Overtime Win Over Roberts Wesleyan
December 1, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- With both teams fighting to remain in contention for the 2010 NCCAA national championship crown, the Palm Beach Atlantic and Roberts Wesleyan College women’s soccer teams would head to overtime to settle the first-round contest on Wednesday afternoon at Austin Tindall Park. After a near golden goal for RWC, the Sailfish counter-attacked with sophomore Juliet Waller putting home the game-winner in the 99th minute for the 3-2 win.
Stung by a similar result last season in the first round with an overtime loss to the Master’s College, the Sailfish (13-5-1) knew all too well what could be their fate if they allowed an overtime goal to the #3-seeded Raiders who are now 15-5-2 on the season.
Rated as the #6-seed of the eight team field, the Fish utilized a two-goal performance in regulation from senior sensation Angie Kuhn before getting the game-winner from Waller in the first overtime.
After a PBA defensive breakdown allowed RWC senior Kelsey Medeiros a clear path towards goal, keeper Allison Fox would come away with a sliding save, quickly get up and move the Fish into the attacking side of the field. Kuhn would lead the squad up field, slot a through ball towards a streaking Waller who beat the RWC keeper with a left-footed shot just before finding the end line.
Making history of sorts were the Sailfish with the victory as they became the first NCCAA South Region team ever to register a first-round win as they hoped to avoid the fate of last season’s opener with the overtime loss. Wednesday night however would belong to the Blue and White as Waller and Kuhn were greeted by their teammates and fans after the exciting golden-goal victory.
Palm Beach Atlantic opened the scoring early as Kuhn delivered a goal as she stole the possession from the Raider defense, dribbled in towards goal and connected in the upper left for a 1-0 Sailfish lead.
RWC would tie the score just shy of the 20th minute when Medeiros came through with a score from about 12 yards out as the Raider bench erupted with cheers following the game-tying goal.
With a strong wind at their backs for much of the first-half, RWC would tally an even 4-4 shot count with PBA in the opening half while the Fish collected four corner kicks compared to none for RWC.
Now blessed with the wind in their favor, PBA would go back to work in the second-half as they hoped to push across the go-ahead goal.
It would take until the 78th minute for PBA to find the back of the net again when Kuhn was taken down on an attempt toward goal that resulted in a penalty kick that Kuhn easily buried in the right-hand corner of the net for her PBA single-season record 25th goal of the season.
Now hoping to withstand any Raider attacks for the final 12+ minutes, the Sailfish would face a RWC team that would not quit as Medeiros found teammate Erika Luedke for the game-tying score just short of the 85th minute.
Although Palm Beach Atlantic would tally near goals throughout the second-half with a 9-4 shots advantage in the second stanza and a 3-1 lead in overtime, it wouldn’t be until the Waller score that they could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
“A great game today and we are happy with the first-round win and look forward to tomorrow’s game,” said head coach James Kryger.
“We definitely need to bunker down defensively tomorrow but that comes a lot from not playing a match in a few weeks. From an attacking standpoint I thought we did a good job and we hope to continue our chances tomorrow and hope to put a few more in the back of the net,” continued the Sailfish head coach.
After taking out the #3-overall seed in Roberts Wesleyan, the Sailfish will now be taking on Trinity Christian College at 2:30 pm on Thursday, December 2nd at Austin Tindall Park. TCC won their first-round match on Wednesday as well with a 1-0 victory over Dallas Baptist University.