Sailfish and Sharks Play to a Stalemate and Settle for a Tie
October 26, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish women’s soccer team welcomed in Nova Southeastern University on Saturday before a solid gathering of fans at Magic Jack Field for yet another key NCAA South Region contest. The slightly cooler weather played as a backdrop to 110 minutes of soccer action between the two South Florida rivals before the final horn sounded and a 2-2 tie would take place.
A flurry of scoring from both sides early on in the first-half would seem to suggest a high-scoring match might take place however both teams would settle in and only one more goal the rest of the way would be scored through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
“Ladies played what maybe was the best team offensive and defensive game of the season in the first half,” said head coach James Kryger. We got the goals and kept pushing with a great nova effort they were able to equal but we are happy with today’s play and would have loved to see us come away with a win.”
Nova Southeastern (5-8-2) got on the board first with a goal from Rut Kristjansdottir on a feed from Tori Vives in the 11th minute as a quick counter-attack from a PBA possession turned into a 1-0 lead for the Sharks.
Less than a minute and-a-half later however the Sailfish (4-6-2) would have an answer as Kasey Wyer delivered a long free kick into the box where junior Lesslee Hernandez connected on a header for the game-tying score.
Perhaps still stunned by the turn of fortune the Sharks would quickly find themselves in a 2-1 hole thanks to a Wyer corner-kick that connected with a jet stream to blow right into the net for the go-ahead score.
Things would remain fairly quiet the rest of the half as the two teams settled for a 2-1 PBA lead going into halftime. NSU and PBA played very even during the first 45 minutes with each team collecting six shots.
A goalkeeper change for NSU would begin the second-half as Rachel Lopez entered the game and manned the pipes for NSU the rest of the way.
It would take just over 20 minutes in to the second-half for NSU to find an equalizer as Malin Broberg produced a strong kick from just inside the box to put her team even with the Sailfish at 2-2.
Although both teams would have plenty of chances to get one final score the defenses would reign supreme and force the draw. A key save late by PBA goalkeeper Allison Fox on a Broberg strike was the last close play of the match in the second overtime.
NSU led the final shots count at 22-10 including 7-1 in the overtime periods while PBA focused in on corner kick opportunities as they managed a 7-2 lead in that category.
Fox made 10 saves on the day in goal for PBA while Rachel Lopez played the final 65 minutes at keeper for NSU while making three saves.
The ‘Fish received solid contributions from around the pitch including good work by young players like Bridget Wollrabe (87 minutes) and Elizabeth Gonzalez (94 minutes) while Karina White, Margaret Stewart, Andrea Jefferson, Moriah Zusi, Kasey Wyer, Kierstyn Harrington and Laura Geisler each played all 110 minutes of the match.
“Bridget Wollrabe was honored with our Coconut Player of the Game her work with our other center-mids in the game was rock solid and helped us secure the point on the night,” said Kryger. We will look to rebound Wednesday with a win and be back to our old ways with what we hope is some injuries returning and peeking at the end of the regular season schedule.”
The Sailfish will have time to rest up before their next match which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30th at 4 pm. The ‘Fish will host Ave Maria University at Magic Jack Field.