PK Shootout Win Wraps up Exciting Soccer Alumni Tournament
April 21, 2011
Written By: James Kryger, PBA Women's Soccer Head Coach
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Taking to the pitch on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field, the Sailfish of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s women's soccer team hosted its 2nd annual Alumni Tournament against a team of former Sailfish greats and alumni squads from Lynn University and St Thomas. The current Sailfish would this time find themselves on the winning end of a PK shootout to capture the 2nd annual Alumni tournament Title. The Sailfish fell short in the NCCAA National Championship match in December on penalty kicks.
PBA head coach James Kryger commented, “This year’s event was a great success. We had great reviews from other teams, parents and of course our alums which matter most. Saturday was set up to celebrate the team's history and to maintain relationships with many of the players who helped build the program in the years past”.
"Players enjoy it as the atmosphere is more relaxed and both Lynn and St Thomas brought in very good teams,” continued Kryger.
“I’m really proud of the number of alumni who came back and played this spring. I can see this growing into a great annual event. Especially now as they know it will happen the third Saturday in April every year.”
“This year saw 14 past sailfish players return to the pitch. Among them were PBA Sports Hall of Fame inductee Angela (Magnotta) Finnegan.”
The current Sailfish women took the championship matchup and the decisive group play match versus the Sailfish Alumni by a score of 4-1. Despite the high score, the game was a back and forth battle until the very end. The end of the Alumni tournament also drew to a close the Sailfish spring season. Matches versus NCAA South Region Lynn University and Barry University highlighted a hard spring in the weight room and transitioned on to the field to watch what should be a very attractive attacking system next fall.
With as many as 12 new recruits coming in August 14th this fall, including the potential for a few international players, the Sailfish line-up will look much different than the 2011 season. On the field expectations will remain the same however as a return trip to the NCCAA National Final and to improve on a NCAA program best 14-5-2 record.
"The spring allowed us to try players in different roles and to start the foundation for a new formation next season. As we change our players we will also have to change our style of play. I assume we will have a few growing pains but we will be challenging the players to continue this past year’s success”.
If you did not get a chance to make this year’s alumni contest and would like to be included for next year’s event please contact Head Coach James Kryger at email@example.com.
“I want to thank all the families and alumni who came out this past Saturday. It was a great field, amazing weather and a wonderful time of fellowship and soccer. The Lord has truly blessed our program with great people and I am already looking forward to next spring and seeing you all again,” concluded Kryger.
Rachel Burger ’02
Ashley Morrell ‘10
Danielle Worley ‘03
Angela Finnegan ‘03
Nicole Wilson ‘04
Jessica Rodriguez ‘09
Rachel Bryars ‘04
Lindsey Bates Cassidy ‘09
Michelle Mayer Tipton ‘04
Nordia Morris ‘04
Elizabeth Shelby ‘06
Angie Kuhn ‘11
Alex Regin ‘11