Sailfish Use Offensive Firepower In Win Over NGU

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Tigerville, S.C.- After traveling a long distance, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team will have a much more enjoyable ride home after cruising to a 7-0 victory over North Greenville University in the second-game of a PBA-NGU soccer double-header.

With the two universities’ women’s teams squaring off earlier in the day (PBA defeated NGU 5-1) the men’s teams went to work later in the afternoon in a day-filled with competitive soccer action.

After scoring four goals in the first half while holding the Crusaders offense in check, the Sailfish were able to utilize their bench while also adding on three more goals in the final 45 minutes of play.

Opening up the scoring for PBA was Caleb Roberts (Plant City, Fla./Plant City HS) who put the visiting Sailfish up early with his quick strike. Following up would be junior forward Daniel Abrahamsohn (Pacifica, Calif./St. Mary's University) who scored his first of two goals on the afternoon and allowed the Sailfish offense to continue to attack.

Senior leader Matt Sweesy (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest HS) came back home to South Carolina and promptly added his second goal of the season to push the Sailfish advantage to 3-0. Enrico Zanella (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake HS) and Roberto Salas (Eustis, Fla./Eustis HS) would hook up for goal number four as Salas provided the assist and would take PBA into the half with a comfortable 4-0 lead.

Reserve senior goalkeeper Andrew Gerber (Apple Creek, Ohio/Central Christian) would relieve starting keeper, sophomore Joseph Yurchak (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland HS) in the second half as the duo would combine for the third shutout in four games during the early part of the 2007 season.

Continuing to pressure the Crusaders defense as well as create scoring opportunities, the Sailfish tacked on three more goals in the second half starting with Abrahamsohn's second score of the day. Following Abrahamsohn in the scoring column would be junior Chance Sumner (Valrico, Fla./Durant HS) as the Sailfish continued to build their lead. Rounding out the scoring totals for PBA was freshman Kyle Crouse who notched his first collegiate goal via a penalty kick late in the game that solidified the PBA victory of 7-0.

“It was a very good all around performance for our guys” said Sailfish head coach Jose Gomez. “I thought everyone contributed very well and it was especially rewarding to see two Christian universities compete in a way that glorified God and represented the two schools in a positive way,” continued Gomez.

With rest and plenty of practice time ahead, PBA doesn’t suit up again for 10 days as they will begin preparation for their September 11th scheduled meeting with St. Leo University. The game will be played in St. Leo, Florida with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m.

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