Men's Soccer Bounces Back in a Big Way with Home Win Over Florida Southern

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

Kevin Ireland (Pictured, White Jersey) Heads the Ball Against a Florida Southern Defender on Tuesday Afternoon at Magic Jack Field. Ireland Finished with a Goal and an Assist. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Kevin Ireland (Pictured, White Jersey) Heads the Ball Against a Florida Southern Defender on Tuesday Afternoon at Magic Jack Field. Ireland Finished with a Goal and an Assist. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Aggressive from the start, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team shook off a recent three game slide on Tuesday at Magic Jack Field by playing perhaps their best 90 minutes of soccer on the season as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over Florida Southern College. The Fish would take advantage of a first-half red card on the FSC goalkeeper and cash in three second-half goals to earn the victory and even up their season record at 3-3.

After a sluggish effort against Florida Tech their last time out it was obvious the Sailfish were looking toward goal from the start as they possessed nicely in the midfield with their outside backs sprinting wide looking to score.

The first few minutes of the contest saw the Sailfish produce a number of possible scoring opportunities but it would be the 35th minute that changed the contest for good as sophomore striker Kenny Hogg was loose on a quickly-developing breakaway before colliding with the FSC goalkeeper, Andres Guzman inside the box.

Immediately issued a red card, Guzman was removed from the game forcing the Moccasins (4-2) to insert backup keeper Charlie Craig to attempt to preserve the scoreless contest against an upcoming Hogg penalty kick.

After a few quick stretches, Craig took on Hogg who neatly deposited the penalty kick into the back of the net for a 1-0 PBA lead.

That’s where things would remain through the remainder of the first-half as the Fish nursed a 1-0 lead as they outshot their opponent 6-3 in the opening 45 minutes.

Back after halftime with extending the lead on their mind, the Sailfish took advantage of a momentary lull in the Mocs defense in the 55th minute as PBA goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk grabbed an incoming FSC shot and rolled the ball back out quickly to defender Tyler Sanders. With plenty of space to work with up the sideline Sanders moved the ball forward before giving a short pass to teammate Kevin Ireland who then chipped the ball over the FSC backline to a sprinting Sanders who blasted a shot above the outstretched arms of the FSC keeper for a 2-0 lead.

Forced to play the entire second-half down a man after the red card, the Mocs would not quit and got themselves back into the game as a handball was called inside the box after a FSC corner kick which awarded the Mocs a penalty kick.

Ashley Holmes scored his sixth goal of the season on the p.k. to make the score 2-1.

Now needing an answer, PBA found it with a penalty kick of their own as Hogg was disrupted in the box and put home his second goal of the match and his fifth of the season to improve the PBA lead to 3-1 at the 63rd minute mark.

Putting a cap on the scoring for PBA in the 66th minute was a nifty pass off the back heal of freshman AJ Black who found Ireland for a one-timer and his second goal of the 2011 campaign.

Strunk made three saves in goal for PBA while Guzman and Craig each made two saves apiece.

Perhaps the Sailfish would have been able to add to their lead, especially in the first-half however they were called offsides eight times in the match.

PBA will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend for an important showdown with Eckerd College on Saturday, September 24th at 6 pm. Live statistics and live video coverage of the match will be provided by Eckerd College.

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