Kuhn's Early Goal Gets the Job Done in the NCCAA Semi-Final
December 2, 2010
Written By: Lindsay Oren, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Coming off of an exciting overtime victory in which the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team defeated the #3 seeded Roberts Wesleyan University in their opening game in the NCCAA National Tournament, the #6 seeded Sailfish took to the field for another hard-fought battle with the higher ranked Trinity Christian College. Unlike Wednesday’s high scoring matchup, the Fish were able to get the job done with one goal as they shutout the #2 seeded Trolls 1-0 in the NCCAA semi-final game this afternoon.
Much like their male counterparts, the Fish jumped into an early tempo featuring several good looks on goal in the first leg of the opening period. Looking to their leading scorer and #1 offensive weapon in Angie Kuhn, the Blue and White posted the lone goal of the day in the 27th minute of play as sophomore Liz Lopez intercepted a lazy pass from the Trolls side and poked a through ball to the North Ft. Myers senior who outran the last defender and blasted an untouchable ball through the upright.
Both teams saw several good looks throughout the remainder of the half, with PBA outshooting TCC 5-4 in the first period.
Not backing down from the early advantage, Trinity came out firing in the second half as they outshot the Fish 10-1 with four of those shots on goal. However, solid defense led by veteran defenders Alex Regin, Courtney Calhoun, Angelica Torres, and Andrea Jefferson, who played all 90 minutes on the afternoon, maintained the Troll attack and sufficed the 1-0 lead.
Allison Fox earned the start today for the Fish, registering her ninth shutout on the season along with seven saves in 90 minutes of action in goal.
“It was a nice win today,” noted head coach James Kryger. “In tournament play, sometimes games are like this where you get a goal and do a lot of defensive work. We did a great job staying composed and we can be happy with our chances today and we really look forward to having a chance for a national title.”
The Sailfish (14-5-1) will take on the winner of this evening’s game between the #1 ranked Spring Arbor University and the 5th-seeded team from Corban University. The championship match is set to take place at 3 pm on Saturday, December 4th at the Austin-Tindall Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
“We need to be ready, but this is what we worked so hard for early on this year. To be here is a testament to our hard work and never-give-up mindset,” concluded Kryger.