Tampa Offense too Strong for PBA in Women's Soccer Action

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

Box Score

TAMPA, Fla.- Hoping to employ a bend but not break type strategy, Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer head coach James Kryger and his Lady Sailfish team put forth a tremendous effort in attempting to slow down the potent offense of the University of Tampa but alas a trio of goals would leave the Lady Spartans victorious on Friday evening at Pepin Stadium. The Spartans scored one first-half goal and then added two more in the second-half with  PBA attempting to get an equalizer for a 3-1 win.

Freshmen Moriah Zusi and Tara McNab teamed up for PBA’s goal which came in the 86th minute as Zusi scored her second straight goal for PBA after lifting the team to a 2-1 overtime win their last time out against Florida Memorial University.

A tough result against an even tougher opponent, Kryger still came away pleased at his team’s performance overall.

“Tonight was a hard loss after a great first-half that saw us contain a great Tampa attack,” said Kryger.

“A controversial first goal early had us on our heels much earlier than we wanted and despite a great second-half effort we were stretched out trying to find a tying goal only to drop one and then forced to play catch up. Monday will come early and we have to regroup,” concluded Kryger.

The early goal for UT came just shy of the 3rd minute mark as Lauren Moore found Brittan Spence close to the box who then delivered a shot that went off the crossbar and straight down to be signaled as a goal by the referee.

From that point Palm Beach Atlantic would face a number of long shot opportunities from the Spartan offense as UT managed seven total shots in the first-half.

Entering the second-half of play forced to play from behind the Fish could never quite put an effective run together as they managed only one shot on goal in the half, courtesy of Zusi’s late goal.

Tampa extended their lead to 2-0 in the 64th minute when a breakaway through the middle from Jazmin Perry was deposited in the back of the net followed by a third goal in the 79th minute from Carolyn Simon.

With PBA attempting for a second-half score the Spartans had 15 shots in the half while finishing with 22 shots for the match.

Palm Beach Atlantic goalkeeper Allison Fox made eight saves in the loss.

The Fish will have a quick turnaround while playing at 11 am on Monday, September 26th versus Texas A&M-International University at Magic Jack Field.

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