Sailfish Nearly Pull Off Road Upset at Lynn

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Boca Raton, Fla.- Seemingly playing better each time they hit the field, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team nearly pulled out an upset over #17-ranked Lynn University on the road on Saturday afternoon. In the end, two late goals by the Fighting Knights turned the momentum and the game into the hands of the home team, winning 2-1.

Deadlocked in a scoreless tie for most of the contest, PBA continued their recent play of playing very tough defense and getting excellent goalkeeping from sophomore Joseph Yurchak (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland HS) in between the pipes.

Despite being outshot three to zero in the first-half, PBA would stand strong and go into halftime with a 0-0 slate.

The second half appeared to start in much the same way with the first 25 minutes again leaving both teams without a score until the 71st minute when PBA junior Daniel Abrahamsohn (Pacifica, Calif.) received a cross from freshman Kyle Crouse (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Christian HS) which Abrahamsohn deflected off Lynn goalkeeper, Tim Melia to give the Fish a 1-0 advantage.

A true sign of a disciplined team, Lynn didn’t give up as they tied the score up at one goal apiece in the 80th minute when Dwight Barnett registered his tenth goal of the season on an assist from Sam Craven. Just over two minutes later, the Fighting Knights would take the lead for good as Jean Alexandre received a free kick that he quickly dumped off to Gabe Taboada for a shot inside the box and the score.

With the defeat, PBA drops to 6-3 overall with Lynn improving to 11-1. LU was ranked number one in the nation until a loss last week dropped the Fighting Knights to number 17 in the NCAA Division II national rankings.

Palm Beach Atlantic will try and rebound when they host St. Thomas University on Wednesday, October 10th for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff with the Bobcats.

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