Spartans Secure 2-0 Win Over Sailfish on Windy Day at Magic Jack Field

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Sailfish Defender Andrea Jefferson (Pictured, Left) Battles a Tampa Spartans Player on Saturday in a Match at Magic Jack Field. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Sailfish Defender Andrea Jefferson (Pictured, Left) Battles a Tampa Spartans Player on Saturday in a Match at Magic Jack Field. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s soccer team welcomed in NCAA South Region foe University of Tampa on Saturday for an important match at Magic Jack Field. Despite a resilient effort by the PBA defense that faced a number of tough blows, the No. 24-ranked Spartans would reign supreme on this day as they saw a goal in each half from Lauren Moore hold up for a 2-0 victory.

Both Tampa scores would come on set plays as a corner kick delivered by Courtney Peffley found the head of Moore mid-way through the first-half then a free kick sent into the box midway through the second-half found Moore’s head again for a second goal.

“Today we had a great effort but came up short against a nationally-ranked opponent,” said head coach James Kryger. “The wind in the first-half was strong and it was very tough to get it out of our end so we hoped to make it a 45 minute game and to go into half holding them scoreless. “

“A great second-half start unfortunately did not produce any goals and a good team like Tampa found a soft second goal that we could have done better with,” continued Kryger. “A late push had us see a goal get called back and a missed goal line opportunity but we take from it a tough loss and move on to our next game.”

Tampa utilized the wind to their advantage in the first period as they rattled off 15 shots but with just five on goal. Sailfish goalkeeper Allison Fox turned in an impressive performance as she came off her line numerous times to keep the Spartans from adding any early goals.

The corner kick connection between Peffley and Moore came in the 24th minute as Peffley’s line drive found the head of Moore who drilled the header home for her 12th goal of the campaign.

UT went into halftime leading in the shots count by a 15-1 margin.

Now with the wind at their backs, the Sailfish offense would have more opportunities in the second-half however it would be the Spartans who would find a way to add on another goal.

Cina Slemi set up goal number two on the afternoon as she delivered a free kick into the box where Moore would flick the pass beyond the outstretched arms of Fox.

The Fish would push forward a few different times late however the Spartans would survive and put away each offensive chance supplied by PBA. UT posted seven second-half shots while PBA managed three shots.

Fox finished the day with 10 saves in goal while her counterpart, Tampa’s Kori Butterfield stopped four shots in posting the shutout.

Palm Beach Atlantic will be off for the next week as they will host Webber International (Fla.) University for Senior Day next Saturday at 11 am. The Fish will host a double-header of soccer on Saturday, October 20th when the men will take on Eckerd College at Magic Jack Field beginning at 2 pm.

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