Sailfish Drop Make-or-Break Match to Tars, 4-2
October 23, 2012
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – In what boiled down to be the make-or-break match of the year for Palm Beach Atlantic, the Sailfish were downed with ease by the Rollins College Tars, 4-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Magic Jack Field.
PBA fell behind early with a Rollins’ header for a goal off a corner kick. It marked the fifth consecutive match that the Sailfish opponent scored first. In the 41st minute, the Tars made it 2-0 on a goal that was originally deflected off keeper Steven Bush.
With the momentum clearly in Rollins’ hand, Palm Beach Atlantic grabbed a bit of it back in the closing minutes of the half, when NCAA goal-leader Kenny Hogg scored his 20th of the season off an assist from Evan Singlar to make it 2-1.
The second half was dominated by Rollins, with the time of possession clearly in their favor. The Tars put two more scores on the board within four minutes of each other, making it 4-1 with just 25 minutes left to play.
Singlar cut the deficit in half with his third goal in two games in the 88th minute, but it was too little, too late for the Sailfish.
With the loss, the likelihood of Palm Beach Atlantic making the NCAA regional tournament drops dramatically. They came in ranked fifth in the region, and only the top three will get the chance to play in the postseason.
The teams were even on the stat sheet overall, with PBA outshooting Rollins 18-17, but Rollins taking the shots on goal category, 9-5. Palm Beach Atlantic drops to 11-3-0 on the season with the loss, while Rollins improves to 11-3-2.
Palm Beach Atlantic looks to get back on the winning track with a pair of games in Georgia this weekend against Georgia Southwestern University on Saturday, and Chowan University on Sunday.