Fish Take Out Newberry College on Steamy Sunday Afternoon
September 4, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
NEWBERRY, S.C.- Although they would fall behind early in Sunday afternoon’s season opener at Newberry College, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team would fight back as they took down the Wolves with a goal in each half to secure a 2-1 win in South Carolina. Sophomore Evan Singlar notched the game-winner as his shot from just inside the 18-yard box glanced off the NC goalkeeper’s hands in the 66th minute.
After having been rained out in their season opening attempt at Ave Maria University on Thursday, the Sailfish (1-0-0) saw an early lead befall to the home-standing Wolves (0-1-0) as junior Colt Priest positioned a throw-in to teammate Stephen Harvey who delivered a pass to Adrian Ochoa for what would be a long chip-in goal from about 35 yards out.
This score for the Wolves occurred in the 15th minute however that would be all the scoring on the day for NC as the young Sailfish defense buckled down and allowed only four shots in the second-half.
Head coach Jose Gomez saw three freshmen in his starting lineup on Sunday in Kendall Crouse, Kevin Ireland, and AJ Black with sophomores Singlar, Tyler Sanders, and Chris Karafilov also earning starts in the team’s first contest of the season.
It would be a veteran however that got the Sailfish on the board in the 34th minute as junior Lewis Thompson alertly came through with a rebound off a blocked shot from the Newberry keeper, Patrick Sweatt. Junior Matt Crumb attempted the initial header only to be rejected by Sweatt’s initial save.
The remainder of the half would see the Fish have their chances but ultimately be kept at the 1-1 mark despite outshooting the Wolves by an 11-6 margin while claiming both corner kicks of the first 45 minutes.
Returning after halftime would see both teams become more physical as a total of 17 fouls (PBA 8, NC 9) would be whistled and five yellow card cautions handed out as well.
The Sailfish would continue to pepper the scoring area but only one of their 14 second-half shots could find the back of the net as Singlar’s score put his team on top for good just past the 66th minute.
Palm Beach Atlantic will have a quick turnaround from their first action of the weekend as they will travel to the University of South Carolina-Aiken for a Labor Day showdown beginning at 6 pm.