Simon's Overtime Goal Lifts Sailfish to Season Opening Victory
August 30, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team got their season started in exciting fashion on Thursday evening as they braved the humid air of St. Augustine to compete in their season opener against the likes of Catawba College. Taking on Catawba for the second straight season on a neutral site at Flagler College, the Fish made it two in a row over the Indians when newcomer Carolyn Simon put home a golden goal for a 1-0 Sailfish win in the first overtime.
Freshman Kasey Wyer delivered a free kick into the box as both teams anxiously looked to make a play. The ball would eventually find the body of PBA forward Juliet Waller whose initial shot was deflected by Catawba goalkeeper Angelica Pawlowski. Looking for a quick rebound, Simon came through in the clutch as she poked the deflection past Pawlowski and left the Fish with a season-opening victory.
“Tonight was a great game for us, we learned a lot, we fought hard and we were able to come out on top,” said Coach Kryger following the win. “The tenacity in our girls was outstanding. Credit to the Catawba center mids they were all over the field like a pack of swarming bees.”
“We were very happy to get a great game from our keeper who back dropped us to two great saves and we found a little space late in the game to take home the first win of the season,” continued Kryger.” Good start for our new player Simon to get the goal. It was a team win and Coach Ben and I could not be happier.”
Both teams would have their chances during the match as they hoped to push across the season’s first score.
When the horn sounded at halftime both teams would collect five shots each while Catawba produced a 3-1 lead in corner kick opportunities.
Both keepers including PBA starter Allison Fox proved big in aiding the strong defensive effort of the teams in the second-half as Fox squelched two near scores by the Indians down the stretch.
The Indians took hold of a 7-4 lead in shots in the second-half however both teams would still be looking to find paydirt in the back of the net.
Overtime would be needed to settle the score when Simon cashed in on her first big opportunity following her transfer to PBA this season from the University of Tampa.
Fox finished with five saves while her counterpart Pawlowski managed a solid night as well with four saves.
Andrea Jefferson helped anchor the Sailfish defense as she was joined by Karoline Harnes and Ashley Shoaf as players who played at least 90 minutes.
The Fish will be back to the pitch against NCAA newcomer, Shorter (Ga.) University on Saturday when they battle at 1:30 pm. The match will once again take place at Flagler College. Fans that cannot make it out in person an tune in online to live statistics or a video broadcast provided by Flagler.
“Overall we will tweak our tactics in the midfield but the team and season are young so we will be looking forward to a well-paced Shorter side on Saturday afternoon,” concluded Kryger.