Men's Soccer Faces Challenging Week
September 25, 2012
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer team has never had a season start quite like this. They are undefeated after seven games, sixth in the nation in goals against average, in the top 15 nationally in goals scored per game, and are ranked fourth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in the NCAA South Region poll. They’ve had a great start, but the pursuit for national attention is just getting started.
This week is a crucial one for the Sailfish, taking on NCAA South Region opponents Barry University and Saint Leo University. Not only is the Barry match the first time PBA plays at home in the 2012 campaign, but Barry is also coming off a shutout victory over the University of Tampa, who was ranked No. 8 in the nation at the time. The Buccaneers and Sailfish kick off at 4 PM on Wednesday, September 26th.
On Saturday, September 29th, PBA will meet Saint Leo on the pitch for the second of the week’s crucial matchups. Saint Leo comes in tied in the South Region poll with PBA at No. 4. The match, once again set to take place at Magic Jack Field, could strengthen the Sailfish case for a spot in the national rankings.
The NCAA South Region is led by Lynn University at No. 1 followed by the Rollins College at the No. 2 spot. Just ahead of PBA in the No. 3 spot is Florida Tech, with the Sailfish and Saint Leo rounding out the top five.
Palm Beach Atlantic has posted wins over in-region opponents Anderson University (S.C.), Nova Southeastern University, Pfieffer University, and Queens University.