Women's Soccer Knocks off Shorter for Second Straight OT Win to Start the Season
September 1, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- The Sailfish women’s soccer team followed up their season-opening win on Thursday with a little déjà vu on Saturday afternoon. The ladies would once again leave their fans at the edge of their seat on Saturday as they defeated Shorter (Ga.) University in overtime by a score of 1-0, the exact same result from their season opener in an overtime win over Catawba College. Juliet Waller played the hero this time around with a goal in the 99th minute.
Junior goalkeeper Allison Fox was once again superb in supporting a strong showing by the PBA backline as they claimed their second shutout in as many matches.
Although they would have some scoring opportunities, the Sailfish offense wouldn’t be able to cash in on a goal until nine minutes into overtime as Waller produced a second straight golden goal for the Blue and White following Carolyn Simon’s game-winner on Thursday.
“Another overtime winner, not a bad thing for fitness but definitely not what we want to do every game,” said Coach James Kryger. “Saying that it’s a great start to the season and as we improve as a young team we should see us put some more goals away earlier in the game.”
The opening half would see the Sailfish side tally a slim 8-6 lead in shots before entering the lockeroom at halftime still knotted at 0-0.
More shots would come for both teams in the second-half with the Fish still maintaining the edge at 9-7 despite still no points on the board for either team.
With the first overtime nearing completion leaving both teams with the strong possibility of a scoreless tie, the Fish would finally find the back of the net as Waller dribbled through the Hawks defense, then positioning herself to fire a shot that would glance off the right post and in for the winner.
Fox tallied five saves in the victory while her counterpart for Shorter was Taylor Hays who also produced five saves in goal.
Palm Beach Atlantic will turn their attention to Barry University for their home opener on Saturday, September 7th. The two South Florida rivals will kickoff at 3 pm at Magic Jack Field in West Palm Beach.