Barry Holds off Late Sailfish Charge on the Women's Soccer Pitch
October 11, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- A well played match from both sides on Tuesday evening turned into a tough-luck loss for the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team as they visited Barry University in Miami Shores. The Fish took a 1-0 lead early before a goal just before halftime left the match tied into the break. The Buccaneers would claim victory when they tallied a game-winner in the 85th minute for a 2-1 victory.
Having not played for nearly two weeks the Sailfish (5-6-1) still were forced to play without some of their key contributors due to injuries suffered throughout the past few weeks. In the end however the Bucs (6-6-0) would claim the win on the late goal by Lauren Manna.
“Tonight was a good game as the ladies played very focused and really followed the plan really well,” said head coach James Kryger.
“They did a fantastic job in the first 45 allowing only long-range grounds to get on frame. Our goal was pure brilliance and we did a fantastic job of getting forward and getting numbers behind the ball,” continued the Sailfish head coach.
The Fish got on the board in the 12th minute when juniors Ashley Shoaf and Meagan Phillips hooked up for a beautiful goal as Shoaf slipped a pass through the Bucs defense for Phillips to finish for an early 1-0 PBA lead.
With time running short in the first-half the Bucs would draw even on a Sarah Karna ball sent in where Emma Karp delivered the game-tying strike.
Following intermission both teams would have some extended time to rest due to a delay because of lightning and severe weather in the area.
Following the over hour delay the Fish and Bucs returned to the field where things would remain scoreless until Manna’s game-winning goal with less than five minutes to play.
The Sailfish would have one final chance at an equalizer with under 30 seconds to play however they would come up short in their efforts as the Barry defense held off the charge.
“Giving up a goal with four minutes left was unfortunate because the girls fought hard and deserved a result against a very good Barry squad. With one last effort left in the last 10 seconds our 2v1 breakaway was well defended and the game drew to an unfortunate end,” said Kryger.
“It was a great showing, the ladies should be proud and we only hope they continue the fine form we showed tonight,” concluded Kryger.
Utilizing long shot attempts throughout the match, Barry would finish with 31 shots with Sailfish goalkeeper Allison Fox tested with 11 saves on the night. Melissa Toledo and Emily Brunnschweiler split the goal keeping duties for the Buccaneers.
PBA will be back in action on Saturday, October 15th when they travel to Valdosta, Georgia to take on Valdosta State University for the first-time. Kickoff is slated for 7 pm.