Clayton State Proves Too Much For Sailfish to Handle on Labor Day
September 5, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MORROW, Ga.- Playing in already their third match of the young season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team could not pull out a second-half equalizer on Monday afternoon as Clayton State University tallied one first-half goal and then added three more in the second-half to cruise to a 4-0 victory over the Sailfish.
After splitting their decisions at the Flagler College Kickoff Classic over the long weekend, the Sailfish (1-2) traveled north into the Peach State in hopes of knocking off the Lady Lakers (1-1).
In the end however the Lakers proved too strong as they outshot the Fish 23-5 in the contest including 16 shots in the second-half as PBA attempted to push forward for a game-tying goal.
“As a young team we still have a great deal of building to do and today with tired legs and some inexperience we allowed them to get behind our back line and unfortunately could not do enough forward to get one back,” said head coach James Kryger.
“Making the push late we unfortunately gave up late goals. We will no doubt experience these games early in the season and learning from them will be our goal right now as we look to improve each game,” concluded Coach Kryger.
The Lakers tallied their first goal just shy of the sixth minute which would prove to be enough for the win as Natalia Valentine found teammate Josephine Holsten on a cross for the 1-0 Clayton State lead.
Both teams would remain off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half as CSU entered the lockeroom at halftime holding only a 7-3 lead in shots.
Things would remain at 1-0 until midway through the second-half when as the Lakers began taking advantage of some opportunities with the PBA offense attempting to push forward.
Valentine scored goal number two of the match in the 67th minute on an assist from Elisabeth Cook before two late goals in the 87th and 89th minutes respectively by the Lakers put the game out of reach. Loralee Powell put home the Laker’s third goal while Valentine wrapped up her big day with her second goal just 30 seconds before the final horn would sound.
Sophomore goalkeeper Allison Fox took the loss in goal for PBA while making six saves on the afternoon.
Palm Beach Atlantic will be off until Friday, September 9th when they will battle Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida at 7 pm.