Webber International Spoils Senior Day with Late Goal as Warriors Prevail 2-1
October 20, 2012
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team welcomed in Webber International (Fla.) University on Saturday afternoon for a beautiful afternoon of soccer at soggy Magic Jack Field. The Warriors would lead for much of the game before a late equalizer by the Sailfish appeared the game destined for overtime. WIU however would regroup quickly and tally a goal in the 88th minute to escape West Palm Beach with a 2-1 victory.
Gathering on Saturday for double-header soccer action at Magic Jack Field, the tough loss for PBA came just minutes before a post-game ceremony took place honoring PBA’s two seniors, Ashley Shoaf and Juliet Waller.
The two PBA standouts were thanked by their teammates and joined by their families on the field and presented with gifts from the Sailfish coaching staff following the match.
After a scoreless first 30 minutes of play, the Warriors (8-4-1) would finally break through as Ashley Palmer found Alexis Gerrand for the game’s first score that would eventually lead to a 1-0 WIU lead into halftime.
With the sun beating down brightly all afternoon, the Sailfish (6-4-0) would begin to see the momentum shift their way as they began peppering WIU goalkeeper Makenzie Vance with a number of good runs down the stretch.
Outshooting their opponent 7-5 in the second-half, PBA celebrate their goal in the 87th minute as freshman Kasey Wyer delivered a terrific corner kick on target where Martha Taboas would finish with a header into the back of the net.
With the thoughts of overtime perhaps on their minds, the Sailfish defense would have a brief if not momentary lapse of concentration and the Warriors would make them pay. Aubrie Strohmenger would fly down the near side of the field, taking advantage of a few moves on her way to the game-winner.
Left with under a minute on the clock, PBA would not be able to manage a second late goal in the loss.
“We had a great final push, got the goal we needed and unfortunately lost focus the last two minutes of the game and conceded a goal,” said head coach James Kryger. “In the late stages of the season we could have done better with that situation.”
“We give credit to the Webber squad as they pushed us to our limits and found the two real chances to find the back of the net. We need to learn from this game and make sure we are composed if this situation happens again.”
Vance would stop five shots in the win for Webber while Allison Fox made four saves in goal for the Sailfish.
PBA produced a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks in the match while leading the shots count 13-12.
“With four NCAA region games in one week we will need our best foot forward and we hope that we can keep find our stride at the right time,” concluded Kryger.
Palm Beach Atlantic will travel to North Greenville (S.C.) University for their next match to take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 4 pm.