Women's Soccer Posts Fourth Shutout in Five Tries with Win Over Florida Memorial
September 21, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A busy weekend of soccer began with a bang on Friday afternoon at Magic Jack Field for the Palm Beach Atlantic women’s soccer team as they posted their fourth victory of the season and second win over Florida Memorial University with a 7-0 route. The contest started with bright sunshine and warm temperatures before rains caused the teams and fans alike to scramble in the final minutes.
The Sailfish (4-1) will now prep for a second match of the weekend when they travel to Jeckyl Island, Georgia on Sunday for a neutral site contest against Georgia Gwinett College. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 1 pm.
Much like their first matchup against the Lions, the Sailfish had little trouble offensively on the day as they outshot their opponent by a final tally of 35-4.
Five of the team’s seven goals came in the first half as they rattled off 19 shots compared to only two by the short-handed Lions (0-7) squad.
Senior Ashley Shoaf began the scoring barrage in the 20th minute as the Fish shook off a few near-misses off the post early in the game for a 1-0 lead. Shoaf received a Marianne Harnes cross from the corner where she finished with a beautiful header past the helpless FMU goalkeeper.
Karoline Harnes tallied her first goal just three minutes later when she caught the FMU keeper a bit high off her line and bombed a 40-yard strike for a one bounce and in as PBA took a 2-0 lead.
Leading scorer Juliet Waller was next in line for a give-and-go from Margaret Stewart in the 27th minute while freshman Sienna Brooks pounded home not one but two goals to close out the half for a comfortable 5-0 PBA lead.
The second-half would feature scores by sophomore Laura Geisler from Hope Lawson in the midfield while Shoaf tallied a second goal of the day by stealing the ball at midfield and taking it all the way in past the FMU backline.
Junior goalkeeper Allison Fox posted her fourth shutout of the season as she registered three saves while FMU keeper Natalia Gomez made some impressive stops to keep the score from getting out of hand as she managed nine saves in defeat.