PBA Men's Soccer Leading the Nation in Three Offensive Categories

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations

Lucas Coutinho (Pictured, Left) and Kenny Hogg (Pictured, Right) Are in the Top-5 Nationally in Several Offensive Categories. Photos Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.Lucas Coutinho (Pictured, Left) and Kenny Hogg (Pictured, Right) Are in the Top-5 Nationally in Several Offensive Categories. Photos Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- If you haven’t had the opportunity the see the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer team play this season you are missing out. Not only are the Sailfish 6-1-1 on the season but they are leading the NCAA Division II ranks in three offensive categories including points per game, assists per game as well as total offense which can make for some exciting action on the pitch.

With statistical rankings for individuals and teams released each week the Sailfish find themselves atop the national leaderboard in these three critical categories.

Loaded with many veteran players under head coach Jose Gomez the Sailfish are coming off a solid 4-0 road victory at Eckerd College on Saturday while preparing to host another NCAA South Region rival in Florida Tech on Wednesday, Oct. 16th at 3 pm. The match will take place at Magic Jack Field.

Balanced by a strong supporting cast the Sailfish have once again been led by senior forward Kenny Hogg on the offensive side of the ball. The leading goal scorer in the Division II ranks the past two seasons and the reigning Daktronics National Player of the Year, Hogg has picked up right where he left off last season with another strong start to the 2013 campaign.

The Irvine, Scotland native currently leads the Division II ranks with 3.88 points per game while standing third with 13 total goals despite playing in only eight matches so far this season.

Balancing the scoring heroics of Hogg has been the tremendous play of freshman Lucas Coutinho. The Recife, Brazil product is in his first season with Palm Beach Atlantic and has exploded for nine goals and three assists in his eight matches during the year including his first career hat trick at Eckerd.

Coutinho’s mark has him in the top-5 nationally for points per game at 2.63 while his 21 total points rank in the top-20 of this week’s rankings.

With upcoming home matches versus both Florida Tech and Rollins College (Oct. 23) there is still much work to do for the Sailfish. However you can count on the team to put their best foot forward as they look to achieve their goal of making the NCAA postseason tournament for the first time.

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