Sailfish Stunned In Opening Round Match at NCCAA National Soccer Tournament
November 30, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team hoped to successfully defend their NCCAA National Championship with an opening round win over No. 7 seed Geneva College on Wednesday afternoon. Those aspirations would be put to rest however as the No. 2 seed Sailfish were defeated 1-0 as Geneva converted on a first-half penalty kick and then held off the Sailfish attack for a 1-0 win.
The postseason journey doesn’t end for the Sailfish as they will play two more matches in Kissimmee over the next few days, however a potential chance at a repeat title has been removed as the opening round loss eliminates the Fish from contention.
Geneva (15-5-3) who were champions of the NCCAA East Region, claimed the go-ahead score with just over five minutes left before halftime.
Jake McCracken was awarded a penalty kick that he deposited for the 1-0 lead.
PBA and Geneva would tie with seven shots apiece in the first-half but the crucial penalty kick would be the only score.
Needing an equalizer, the Fish would send attackers forward throughout the second-half and ended with 10 shots compared to that of only three for Geneva however the lower-seeded Tornadoes would hold on and claim the upset victory.
Sailfish junior Jonathan Strunk made two saves for PBA in goal while Geneva’s Bryan Butler earned the shutout victory with five saves in 90 minutes of action.
PBA will move forward on Thursday with a 12 pm matchup against the loser between No. 3-seed Judson University and No. 6-seed Grace College.