Two First-Half Goals Hold Up for PBA Women's Soccer in Win Over West Alabama
October 29, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
LIVINGSTON, Ala.- Two first-half goals that found the back of the net just a minute and a half apart were the difference on Saturday afternoon as the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team collected a 2-1 win over the University of West Alabama. The victory evens the Sailfish season record at 7-7-1 with one final match to be played during the 2011 season.
Leaving the state of Florida temporarily as part of a two game swing through the Southeast this weekend, the Sailfish now turn their sights to the University of West Florida in Pensacola whom the Fish will battle on Monday, October 31st at 3:30 pm to put a wrap on the season.
Juniors Ashley Shoaf and Meagan Phillips tallied the two scores for PBA in the match as the Sailfish (7-7-1) held off the Tigers (6-12) best effort in the second-half to claim the 2-1 victory at Tiger Stadium.
Freshman Marianne Harnes delivered the assist on Shoaf’s score as she crossed the ball in where Shoaf was able to get a foot on the ball and claim the match’s opening goal in the 17th minute.
Juliet Waller nearly made good on her first goal of the season just over a minute later but her shot off the crossbar would narrowly miss only to find Phillips there and ready to pounce as she put home the second PBA goal and what would turn out to be the game-winner.
West Alabama would cut the Palm Beach Atlantic lead in half midway through the second-half when Nicki Gears took a Giselle Rios cross into the box where she tapped in the long ball for Tiger’s goal.
That’s where things would remain however as the Sailfish defense fought off a total of eight UWA shots in the second-half to preserve the win.
Playing with a lead, the Sailfish and head coach James Kryger opted to employ a stronger defensive effort as the Fish managed only one offensive shot in the second-half while UWA claimed the match advantage as well by a 14-5 differential.
Sophomore Allison Fox stopped eight shots in goal for PBA in registering her seventh victory of the season as the PBA starting goalkeeper.