Sailfish Quench the Fire with Saturday Afternoon Victory in Men's Soccer Action

Written By: Lindsay Oren, Athletic Communications Assistant

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Coming off of a heartbreaker earlier this week against nearby Barry University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Men’s Soccer team (6-6) looked to bounce back with a positive result against their visiting NCCAA South Region opponent, Southeastern University (4-9). The Sailfish were able to accomplish just that as a first-career goal by Junior Matt Crumb elevated the Blue and White to a 1-0 victory over the Fire on Saturday afternoon at Magic Jack Field.

SU looked sharp in the opening moments as a solidly-struck ball off the head of Austin Welker nearly slated the far post, but not before Sailfish keeper Steven Bush could reel it in. Early PBA advances were quickly broken up by the Fire back line as both teams settled into the first leg of the initial period.

Although the Fish outpaced their opponents in shots fired at a 7-3 tally, SU gave a few scares when they managed to connect on their front end. After a physical first half of play, the Blue and White were able to draw first blood as Crumb connected for PBA’s first and only goal of the match when he picked up a loose ball in the box during the 45th minute of action, lacing the bottom left corner of the net.

The Sailfish looked alive in the opening minutes of the second half, advancing the ball with more control and dominance. An unfortunate mishap that should have resulted in a second PBA goal was overturned in the 59th minute after Freshman Michael Emert placed an unreachable shot to the far left post that first hit another soccer ball lying inside the goal before finding the back of the net. The extra ball was labeled as an interference, and Emert’s goal was revoked.

Neither team could connect on goal throughout the remainder of the half, as PBA once again outshot the Fire 8-5 in the second period, for a game total of 15 and eight shots respectively.

Bush earned the start this afternoon, playing the entire match and posting three saves on the day. With the win, the sophomore out of Valrico, Florida, moves to 1-2 on the season, recording his first shut-out of the 2011 season.

The Sailfish level their record at .500 with the victory today and look to continue their winning ways when they take on their next opponent in the Fighting Knights of Lynn University on Wednesday, October 19th. That match is slated for a 3:00 pm start at the LU campus in Boca Raton, Florida.

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