Sailfish Play Solid but Fall Short Against #5-Ranked Clayton State

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

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BOCA RATON, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer head coach Jose Gomez knew his team would be up against a tough task on Saturday as they took part in the second day of the Wyndham Garden Inn Soccer Classic on the campus of Lynn University by playing #5-ranked Clayton State University. Although his young team would not come away victorious evidenced by a 2-1 loss he would come away pleased with his team’s strong effort against one of the best teams in the nation.

Coming off a loss yesterday to the host Lynn University Fighting Knights, the Lakers (4-1) would come out hungry to avenge their first loss of the season just a day before.

Clayton State would score first on Saturday after both teams would see the start of their match delayed over an hour because of thunderstorms in the area. Kenny Mena would slot a through ball to the direction of teammate Ryan Pugh in the 23rd minute as Pugh’s one-on-one attack against PBA goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk would leave the Lakers on top as his shot on goal connected just inside the left post.

CSU would outshoot PBA 10-4 in the opening period but things remained 1-0 as both teams entered halftime.

The Sailfish (2-2) would tie the score at 1-1 in the 64th minute as Kevin Ireland’s shot connected with the crossbar and then fell to the feet of teammate Kenny Hogg who took care of business by putting the rebound into the back of the net for an equalizer.

The Lakers however would not wait long to answer as Arturo Cruz found Mena near the top of the box just a few minutes after Palm Beach Atlantic’s score as Mena turned and delivered what would be a game-winning strike to the left post.

After ten shots in the first-half the Lakers would collect 11 more in the second-half and finish with a 21-8 overall advantage.

Strunk made eight saves in between the pipes for PBA as his record drops to 2-2 on the season. Five field players for PBA played all 90 minutes.

Palm Beach Atlantic will attempt to get back to the win column on Wednesday, September 21st when they will host Florida Tech for their home opener. Kickoff is slated for 4 pm at Magic Jack Field.

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