Women's Soccer Falls in NCCAA Opener to Defending Champion California Baptist

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

Box Score

KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Despite a 13-4-1 record and a NCCAA South Region championship the Sailfish women’s soccer team still managed a tough opening round draw of the NCCAA Chamionships that began on Wednesday afternoon at the Austin-Tindall Soccer Complex in Kissimmee, Florida. Forced into the task of attempting to knock off the defending NCCAA National Champion in California Baptist University, the Sailfish fell short as they were defeated 5-1.

Named the No. 7-seed for the tournament, the Sailfish (13-5-1) would take on the No. 2-seed California Baptist (16-2-1) at high noon to kickoff a busy week of soccer.

Early scoring chances for CBU would see them cash in on four first-half goals compared to one by PBA as a quiet second-half would leave neither team with much offense.

“Today was a good opportunity for us to see one of the best teams in the country at any division,” said PBA head coach James Kryger. 

“Maybe a tough draw for us as CBU is by far the best team and to see them first makes it tough. We unfortunately lost two starters this week in practice and had to make last minute adjustments.
Credit to Cal Baptist as they came out storming from the opening whistle,” continued Kryger.

“We will have to regroup and be ready for our next game against a very strong trinity side,” concluded the Sailfish head coach.

CBU got on the board with a goal in the 7th minute followed by back-to-back scores to move ahead 3-0 within 30 seconds of each other in the 16th minute.

Daelyn Paul tallied the opening score followed by two straight from Kelly Jenks.

After a fourth goal came to the back of the net in the 27th minute, the Sailfish would answer with a score of their own as freshman Sienna Brooks cashed in on a goal following a corner kick and failed clearance.

The only score in the second-half came from CBU’s Lindsay Vesling who tallied a goal in the 56th minute.

CBU held a shots advantage at 29-2 for the match.

PBA goalkeeper Allison Fox posted 10 saves in goal for the Sailfish.

PBA will take on Trinity Christian College on Thursday at 12 pm.

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