Sailfish Clinch Fifth Straight Winning Season with Final Home Victory Over Sharks
October 26, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A late first-half goal by junior Charlie Hubbard followed by a Michael Emert goal in the early stages of the second-half led the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday afternoon at Magic Jack Field. The victory improves PBA’s record to 9-7 on the season with one final match to go on the road to conclude regular season play.
With no seniors on this year’s squad the Sailfish (9-7) took on the NSU (4-10-1) side as the two South Florida rivals wrap up the 2011 season. Wednesday’s contest was the final match of the season for the Sharks while the Fish have one final regular season match this weekend at Barton College in North Carolina.
The Fish peppered the NSU defensive front with a number of potential scoring chances through the early stages of the contest but their long cross attempts left only a few shots to actually test the NSU goalkeeper.
The squad finally broke through in the 43rd minute when Hubbard received a pass from sophomore James Kaim near the corner of the box which then saw Hubbard turn and take a shot at goal. His low, quick shot found glory as it slid past NSU goalkeeper Andrea Giombetti’s outstretched arms for a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
A late barrage of shots for the Blue and White led PBA to a 9-3 lead in shots in the first-half while also leading 3-2 in corner kick opportunities.
The second-half began with much the same style of play as Emert would put his team up 2-0 on a cross from fellow freshman and Lakeland, Florida native AJ Black to the far post.
The Sharks would not be shutout on the day however as Tyree Clarke just three minutes after the Emert score found Halil Tozar on a cross as Tozar neatly tucked the shot inside the near post to cut the PBA lead to only 2-1.
A strong defensive effort down the stretch, led by PBA’s backline of Lewis Thompson, Tyler Sanders, Kendall Crouse, and Chris Karafilov held NSU to only five second-half shots to preserve the win.
Junior Jonathan Strunk went the full 90 minutes in goal for PBA and posted the victory while making two saves. Giombetti made six saves in the loss for NSU.
A lead in shots of 7-5 gave PBA the outright lead in the match by a final tally of 16-8 while posting six corner kicks in total to just two by NSU.
Palm Beach Atlantic will battle Barton College beginning at 4 pm on Saturday, October 29th for their final regular season matchup.