Newcomers Shine for PBA Men's Soccer in Shutout of USC-Aiken
September 5, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
AIKEN, S.C.- Less than 24 hours after their first win of the season the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team tallied their second victory as they dominated from start to finish in claiming a 4-0 shutout victory over the University of South Carolina-Aiken in a Labor Day showdown. The Sailfish wrap up a 2-0 road trip following Sunday’s win over Newberry College and claiming their second straight to start the season with the win over USC-Aiken.
The Sailfish received solid contributions from up and down its young lineup as three newcomers scored goals with the Blue and White collecting two goals in each half to secure the win over the Racers. Junior Jonathan Strunk earned his first shutout of the season while making two saves.
Junior Charlie Hubbard, an important piece returning from last season’s NCCAA National Championship squad, tallied the first goal of the day as redshirt freshman Kevin Ireland provided a cross and an easy tap-in goal for Hubbard to put the team on top in the 19th minute.
A similar type set up would give PBA a 2-0 advantage at the 30 minute mark in the half as sophomore Joel Julio crossed into the box to find freshman Michael Emert who tapped in the pass for his first collegiate goal in just his second match.
The PBA offense would be very active in the first-half as they collected 12 shots and six corner kicks while USC-Aiken would be limited to six shots and only two corner kick opportunities.
Ireland would tally the third goal of the night for PBA when he received a give-and-go from teammate and fellow Scottish countryman Kenny Hogg in the 72nd minute to put the Fish on top by an even more comfortable 3-0 margin.
Hogg would add one more goal for good measure in the 76th minute to wrap up the scoring as sophomore Tyler Sanders found the 6’2” Hogg off a set piece for a header and the final tally of 4-0.
The Racers displayed a more physical style of play throughout the contest as they were whistled for a total of 21 fouls including 15 in the second-half.
The Sailfish will now travel back to South Florida and begin preparations on visiting nearby Boca Raton, Florida on Friday and Saturday, September 9th and 10th as they will embark on Lynn University’s campus to battle a pair of ranked opponents. The Fish will take on Anderson College (S.C.) on Friday afternoon at 2 pm and then square off against Clayton State University at 2 pm on Saturday.