Sailfish Grind Out Important Road Victory Over Nova Southeastern
October 17, 2007
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.- Opening up an important five-game stretch on Wednesday evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team got things started on the right foot by taking down Nova Southeastern University by a score of 2-1 in what could be a valuable first step in earning a trip to the NCAA regional tournament later this season.
Now 8-3 on the season, the victory over previously nationally ranked NSU once again improves the Sailfish resume which already includes region victories over the likes of Barry University, Rollins College, and Florida Tech. Up next for PBA is longtime foe Florida Southern College who the Sailfish will take on this Saturday, October 20th in a PBA soccer doubleheader against FSC beginning with the women’s game at 2:00 p.m.
Jumping out to an early lead, the Sailfish struck first in the 24th minute when PBA senior midfielder Matt Sweesy (Simpsonville, S.C.) received a free kick from near midfield from junior Cheyne Roberts (Plant City, Fla./Plant City HS) which Sweesy promptly placed in the back of the net via a header.
Only two and half minutes later the Fish would tally goal number two as junior Daniel Abrahamsohn (Pacifica, Calif.) received a kick from the left-side by Chance Sumner which gave PBA a 2-0 advantage that they would never relinquish.
As the second half began the physical intensity picked up for both squads with cards of both colors soon to follow. After two Sharks yellow cards were issued in the opening half of play, PBA would follow with two cards of their own early in the second half including a crucial red card to Sweesy. With the Sailfish forced into playing a man down for the final 35 minutes, it would be the defense that would have to step up.
NSU midfielder Tim Taylor would advance a ball deep into Sailfish territory in the 53rd minute and connect with Jonathon Mammarelli for NSU’s lone goal of the evening and put even more pressure on the Sailfish defense.
Not short of opportunities, the Nova offensive unit could never quite push in a second goal during the final stages of the contest despite out-shooting the Sailfish by a count of 14 to three in the final 45 minutes. In total, NSU collected 17 shots while PBA registered 11 total shots.
“I thought the guys played with a lot of heart tonight considering they played the final 33 minutes a man down,” said head coach Jose Gomez.
“Offensively we scored two very well played goals and Daniel (Abrahamsohn) had a great finish to give us that second goal,” continued Gomez who has been at the helm of the PBA program for the past three seasons and help lead the incredible turnaround of the Sailfish men’s soccer program.
Sophomore Joseph Yurchak (Lakeland, Fla.) tallied the win in the goal for PBA as he registered four saves. Defenders Daniel Dodge and Trent Hammon along with midfielder Cheyne Roberts played the entire 90 minutes in helping keep NSU off the scoreboard late in the game.