PBA Holds On Against Rollins on Stormy Night

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

West Palm Beach, Fla.- With the wind and the rain playing havoc throughout the evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team was able to fight through and end their recent two-game skid as they defeated Rollins College 1-0 on Tuesday evening at Lantana Field.

Battling the conditions as well as a hard-nosed Rollins defense, the game’s lone goal came from PBA junior forward Daniel Abrahamsohn (Pacifica, Calif.) in the 59th minute after two other Sailfish goals were negated due to offside’s being called. Sophomore Enrico Zanella (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake HS) collected the assist on the goal after receiving the ball on a corner kick opportunity for the Sailfish.

From that point it was obvious the Sailfish looked to withstand the Tar’s offensive charges and hope to get out with a victory after playing 90 minutes of near-constant rain and wind.

“We really worked harder tonight,” said head coach Jose Gomez after the victory. “We’ve had the willingness to win all season but we combined that tonight with a great work rate and made defense priority number one,” continued the third-year leader of the Fish.

Having been ranked as high as #9 nationally during the 2007 season, the Tars compiled six shots during the contest compared to that of the Sailfish who tallied 11 total shots. RC goalkeeper Frazer Siddall totaled five saves on the night while his counterpart, Palm Beach Atlantic sophomore Joseph Yurchak (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland HS) notched three saves in the victory.

A physical game throughout, there were 31 total fouls called (PBA 19, RC 13) during the contest with six yellow cards also issued during the match.

With the loss, Rollins drops to 5-3 on the season while PBA improves to 5-2. They are also 2-2 in their matches versus Sunshine State Conference opponents during the 2007 season.

Having played three games during the past week, the Sailfish will be able to regroup as well as rest their bodies as they don’t play again until Wednesday, September 26th when traveling to Barry University in Miami Shores for a 7:00 matchup with the Buccaneers.

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