Lightning Cuts Short Sailfish Home Opener but Victory Remains Over JWU
September 10, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After heavy showers filled Palm Beach County throughout the week the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team would shake off a rain-soaked field on Saturday afternoon and a quick turnaround from last night’s late contest at Florida Southern College for a 3-0 win over Johnson and Wales University.
Play was delayed nearly 45 minutes in the second-half because of lightning and then after it was resumed it was then again called for good when lightning returned to the area after 70:10 of play.
The Sailfish scored twice in the first-half and then once again in the second-half to tally their second win of the season and their first shutout.
Allison Fox completed the shutout victory in goal for PBA to improve her and the team’s record to 2-3 on the season.
Faced with the challenge of playing on Saturday afternoon after not returning home until the early morning hours from their rain-delayed contest in Lakeland the night before, the team responded well to the challenge before them.
Today was the first-ever meeting between the Sailfish and the Wildcats of Johnson and Wales who are a NAIA institution based in North Miami.
The PBA defense allowed only one shot in each half while finishing with 18 shots of their own including 11 in the first-half.
The two first-half goals for PBA took place under three minutes apart as junior Meagan Phillips tallied he second goal of the season in the 21st minute on a breakaway through the middle on consecutive passes from freshmen Marianne Harnes and VJ Johnson.
Phillips would return the favor to Johnson a few minutes later as she delivered an easy one-touch pass to Johnson in attacking mode as she side-stepped the charging goalkeeper and sprinted toward goal for a simple tap-in to the open net.
Bailey Sprague netted her first career goal early into the second-half as she picked up a loose ball near the mouth of the goal after a keeper deflection and pushed the PBA advantage to a final tally of 3-0.
In total the Sailfish produced eight corner kicks and four fouls in the contest.
The team will pack up and hit the road tonight as they will battle Georgia Southwestern University on Monday, September 12th in Americus, Georgia at 3 pm.