Sailfish Win Streak Moves to Three as PBA Takes Downs Florida Southern

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

West Palm Beach, Fla.- With momentum on their side, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team continues to put up winning decisions as that trend continued on Saturday evening with a 3-1 victory over Florida Southern College at Lantana Field.

After falling 3-0 at the hands of the Moccassins during last years meeting in Lakeland, Florida as well as their regional record to think about, the Sailfish came out firing on all cylinders as the Fish dominated the Mocs in terms of possessions.

 From the opening whistle, PBA seemed to have control and that along with the steady play of the Sailfish central midfield play earned the Sailfish strikers with many opportunities. Now 9-3 on the season, the Fish continue to pile up good decisions against quality opponents.

“It was a great total team effort and I thought the guys did an incredible job of creating opportunities and we were fortunate to have some of those turn into points,” said PBA head coach Jose Gomez after the victory.

“The guys are having fun, in any and every situation, and I really believe that’s helped make us a tougher opponent to play,” continued the Sailfish third-year leader.

Opening up the scoring for PBA was junior Daniel Abrahamsohn (Pacifica, Calif.) who received a slick pass from sophomore Johnathon Clark inside the box as Abrahamsohn tapped it past the Moccasins keeper to give PBA their opening lead. A Lakeland, Florida native, Clark used two different moves on the FSC defender to make the game-winning pass to Abrahamsohn for the score.

With a 1-0 lead into halftime, the Fish once again came out with a steady approach in the second half as they looked to expand their lead.

The next Palm Beach Atlantic score came from senior Jerris Gay (Jupiter, Fla.) in a way that won’t soon be forgotten by the Sailfish fans in the crowd. Centering himself from about 10 yards inside midfield, Gay used his powerful 6’3” frame to crush the ball past everyone in its path as the ball sailed past the keeper for a jaw-dropping second goal for the Fish.

Perhaps forty yards away from the goal, Gay’s score had teammates and fans speechless as to the amount of force the Jupiter Christian product had put into the ball.

Only three minutes later after the score by Gay came Kyle Crouse’s second goal of the season in the 53rd minute to wrap up the scoring for the Fish. The Moccasins would never quit in their efforts against PBA as they would tally their lone goal of the evening in the 83rd minute, as Givi Kokaia (Lund, Sweden) registered the score to break up the shutout.

While the victory was sweet for the Sailfish overall and continues to keep them in the hunt for a NCAA postseason berth, it may stick out even more for one person involved.

PBA assistant coach Clay Roberts, in his first season working the sidelines for the Sailfish is a former player for the Moccasins before moving on to the professional ranks.

“It’s a privilege to get a win like this in my first season here, working with such a great group of guys, especially against my alma mater,” said Roberts in response to the hard-earned victory by the Sailfish.

Now two games in to their all-important five game stretch, the Sailfish have now beaten Nova Southeastern and Florida Southern College in back-to-back games and now look forward to Eckerd College on Monday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played in St. Petersburg. After their game with the Tritons, the Fish will head north to take on Mercy College and Nyack University, both in New York state.

Stay tuned to the PBA athletics site for future coverage of the PBA men’s soccer teams battle in their remaining games in the 2007 season.

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