Second-Half Surge Carries Sailfish Soccer to Victory

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

St. Petersburg, Fla.- Playing in their fourth straight away game, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team once again came out on top as they defeated Eckerd College on Friday night in a tight, 2-1 contest.

Now 3-0 on the season after defeating St. Thomas University and North Greenville University and enduring rainouts against Northwood University and Brevard College, the Sailfish narrowly missed out on their first shutout victory of the season when Eckerd pushed across a goal with only 23 seconds left in regulation.

However despite cutting the PBA lead in half, the Tritons ran out of time as the Fish escaped with a well-deserved 2-1 victory.

After a scoreless first half that saw PBA miss out on a number of different scoring opportunities, the Sailfish finally got things going in the second half of action.

After a Brandi Bianco (Palm Harbor, Fla./Tarpon Springs HS) shot was deflected near the goal, she quickly collected the rebound, sending a break-through pass to a cutting Laura Bowers (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Christian School) who promptly placed the shot in the back of the net for the game’s opening goal.

Now equipped with a lead, the Sailfish once again would not settle as freshman Angie Kuhn (North Ft. Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) would receive a long through-ball from senior Stephanie Martin (Tolland, Conn.) that cut between the defense and allowed Bowers to tack on another goal for the visiting Sailfish.

“We really played a very good first-half, but we couldn’t finish around the goal,” said head coach Dwayne Whiteheart after the hard-earned victory to remain undefeated.

“They really worked hard and it was a little disappointing for us to not be able to nail down our first shutout, but we came away with the victory and I was pleased with the girl’s overall effort,” continued Whiteheart.

Eckerd drops to 0-3 on the season after the loss.

PBA will put their undefeated record on the line on Tuesday, September 11th as they play host to Florida Tech at 7:00 p.m. Currently ranked #10 in the NCAA South Region, FIT will also put their undefeated record up for grabs in their matchup with the Fish.

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