Men's Soccer Shut Out by Fighting Knights Amidst Soggy Conditions
October 19, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
BOCA RATON, Fla.- For the third time in four matches the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team was held scoreless as they were handed a 5-0 defeat on Wednesday afternoon against Palm Beach County rival Lynn University. The rainy conditions led to a messy playing surface however the Fighting Knights were able to push through for all five goals in the second-half as they claimed the regional win and improved to 10-4 on the season.
The Sailfish (6-7) will hope to rebound from perhaps their toughest outing of the year on Wednesday when they play host to Chowan University on Friday, October 21st as they take the field at 12 pm.
Neither team could muster many shots let alone a goal in the first-half as Lynn outshot Palm Beach Atlantic by a 6-1 tally in the opening 45 minutes of play.
Things quickly changed however to begin the second-half as LU posted their first score in the first two minutes of play after intermission when Heiko Eberhardt headed home a corner kick from Sam Shorrocks to put the home team in front by a 1-0 score.
Shorrocks added in his own goal in the 64th minute when a free kick opportunity saw Shorrocks bend his shot around the PBA defensive wall for a 2-0 lead. Shorrocks is one of thirteen graduate students to suit up for the Fighting Knights in 2011 including all of which being international players.
Only five minutes later the Knights would once again find the back of the net as Harald Gracholski scored his eighth goal of the season to give his team a more comfortable advantage.
With the match now out of reach, Stefan Walk and Ryan Birch each tallied goals down the stretch to concluded a dominating second-half effort put forth by the Knights.
LU led the shot count in the second-half by a 9-4 advantage while also cashing in seven corner kick opportunities compared to that of five corner kicks for the Fish.
Steven Bush was in goal for PBA for the fourth straight contest and made three saves in defeat.