Florida Tech Frustrates Sailfish in 1-0 Defeat for the PBA Home Opener
September 14, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The weather on Wednesday afternoon at Magic Jack Field would cooperate but unfortunately for the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team the scoreboard would not. The Sailfish could never quite get their offense clicking as the Panthers scored early and held on for the 1-0 victory as PBA drops their home opener while their record dips to 2-3 on the season.
The Fish and Panthers (4-1) would both play physical throughout as a total of 18 fouls were called in the match while three yellow cards were handed out between the two sides.
Palm Beach Atlantic carried many of the possessions in the first-half but could not seriously test FIT goalkeeper Brenttton Muhammad who made three saves in the match for the shutout.
The one score on the day was a bit of a strange play as the FIT midfield quickly moved the ball up the field as they began to pressure the PBA backline. After an attempted clearance the Panthers reacted quickly as Nick Robinson made a low pass to teammate Naru Wild-Putsorn who easily put the ball into the back of the net in the 10th minute. The lead would hold as no counter-attack would produce any goals for the Sailfish side.
PBA junior goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk took the loss for PBA while making three saves.
The Fish will hope to shake off their recent three-match losing streak as they will have the weekend to prepare for a Tuesday, September 20th showdown with Florida Southern College at 3:30 pm at Magic Jack Field.