Sailfish Efforts To Much for St. Thomas

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

West Palm Beach, Fla.- With their highest NCAA regional ranking of the season fresh in their minds, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team battled a tough St. Thomas University squad on Wednesday evening at Lantana Field to the tune of a 4-1 victory for the Fish.

Ranked number seven in the latest NCAA regional voting, PBA jumped out to an early lead in the first half as senior Matt Sweesy (Simpsonville, S.C.) would net two goals while the Sailfish defense limited STU to only two shots on goal and a zero in the scoring column.

“We really battled through some adversity tonight and I think the guys have a lot to be proud of,” said PBA head coach Jose Gomez. “They played with strong composure and really responded in a positive way as we were able to come out with a win tonight,” continued the third year leader of the Fish as he collected his first career victory over St. Thomas in this his third attempt.

Sweesy’s first score came in the 20th minute as he received a free kick from junior Cheyne Roberts (Plant City, Fla./Plant City HS) in which Sweesy shot cleanly over the Bobcat keeper’s head and into the back of the net to give PBA the 1-0 lead. Later in the half, Sweesy would once again be fed by a Roberts, this time from Caleb Roberts (Plant City, Fla. /Plant City HS) as Sweesy headed the ball in for the 2-0 advantage. Junior Daniel Abrahamsohn (Pacifica, Calif.) also assisted on the second Sweesy goal.

In the second half, the PBA defenders would become even stingier as the Bobcats were limited to only one shot on goal with their lone score of the night coming via a penalty kick in the 54th minute as STU forward Hebeir Sebastian (Buenos Aires, Aregentina) connected for the score.

With the score now 2-1, the Fish would once again be called upon to respond. In a collision with STU goalkeeper Sha Hagiel, forward Daniel Abrahamsohn would walk away mostly unscathed and a scoring opportunity for the Sailfish as Cheyne Roberts took the penalty kick and scored easily for a 3-1 PBA lead.

Utilizing his deep bench, PBA head coach Jose Gomez was able to mix and match some of his players down the stretch including the insertion of junior Anthony Mack (Melbourne, Fla./Florida Air Academy) who netted his first goal of the season off a Johnathon Clark (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins HS) corner-kick giving the Fish the lead of 4-1 which they would take to the finish of the contest.

With the victory, PBA improves to 7-3 on the season and now turns their attention to their upcoming date with Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday, October 17th. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at NSU.


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