Lynn University Outlasts PBA in Overtime Defeat

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Boca Raton, Fla.- Despite the strong efforts of goalkeeper Ashley Morrell and the Sailfish defense, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team was unable to pull out a victory on the road at Lynn University on Tuesday night, falling to the Fighting Knights in double overtime by a score of 2-1.

Despite being outshot six to 28 by the Knights, PBA nearly exited Boca Raton with their first ever victory against Lynn University. Deadlocked in a scoreless tie for most of the match, PBA junior forward Brandi Bianco (Palm Harbor, Fla./Tarpon Springs HS) outraced the Lynn defense and beat the keeper to break the scoring open at 1-0.

Backed with a 1-0 lead, the PBA defense would continue to withstand the attacks of the Knights until late in the contest when Lynn defender Alyssa Rijavec sent a cross into the box with the target being teammate Molly Anderson, only to see the ball sail past the head of Anderson into PBA defender Alex Regin who accidently headed the ball in for an own goal.

With offensive opportunities limited during the overtime periods, Lynn finally struck through for the game-winning goal during the second overtime period as Ashlee McPhillips one-timed a shot past PBA goalkeeper Ashley Morrell, sending the Knights into a frenzy after a long night of soccer.

Morrell once again proved to be solid in between the pipes for head coach Dwayne Whiteheart as she collected 13 saves on the night including several during the overtime periods.

“We came out sluggish in the first half and they did a good job of limiting our opportunities,” said Whiteheart after the tough defeat. “Having that late own goal really seemed to deflate us and I think we ran out of gas a little bit down the stretch but overall I thought we played well, especially Ashley (Morrell) in goal,” continued Whiteheart.

The loss drops the Sailfish to 3-3 on the season with the loss to Lynn being their third straight defeat. The Fish will try and right the ship on Friday, September 21st when they play host to Northwood University in a cross-town, West Palm Beach matchup. The two squads are meeting for the second time this season with their previous match on August 25th called due to lighting.

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