Fish Hang Tough Till the End Before Falling To FIT

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

West Palm Beach, Fla.- Playing on their home field for the first time in over three weeks, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team was unfortunately greeted by a physical, hard-nosed Florida Tech team that was able to push the lone goal of the evening into the back of the net with under two minutes to play for a 1-0 victory for the Panthers.

With both teams obviously winded on a very humid evening at Lantana Field, both head coaches stuck with their starters for the duration of the contest with the Panthers squeaking out a goal in the late stages of Tuesday night’s game.

FIT sophomore Teresa Brantley (Satellite Beach, Fla.) chipped in the games only score in the 88th minute past the diving Sailfish goalkeeper Ashley Morrell (Lake Worth, Fla.) to give the Panthers a hard-earned victory. Freshman midfielder Ali Ronk (Waukesha, Wis.) assisted on the goal.

Despite the shot disparity between the two teams, FIT logged 20 overall shots to that of seven by the Fish, PBA nearly put the game into overtime behind the steady and courageous play of PBA’s talented back-field duo of senior Erin Shelton (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) and freshman Alex Regin (Brandon, Fla.) who pressured the Panther attackers all night long.

After PBA freshman-sensation Angie Kuhn went down with an apparent ankle injury late in the first half, the PBA offensive unit could never quite get into a flow.

“Ashley (Morrell) along with our defense kept us in the ball game,” said PBA head coach Dwayne Whiteheart after the tough loss. “Ashley played terrific all night long and our offense just never got connected enough to get a score,” continued Whiteheart.

Morrell tallied 12 saves on the evening as the Panthers consistently tested the Sailfish’s young keeper with scoring opportunities throughout the evening, especially in the second half.

FIT sophomore goal keeper Melissa Pyles (Daytona Beach, Fla.) earned the shutout victory as the Panthers ended PBA’s undefeated record to start the season while extending their own mark to 4-1.

Things don’t get any easier for the Sailfish in regards to their upcoming schedule as they will be traveling on Saturday, September 15th to play at Saint Leo University for a 7:00 p.m. showdown followed up by another road contest at Lynn University on Tuesday, September 18th with kickoff slated for 4:00 p.m. in Boca Raton, Florida.

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