Dallas Baptist Ends Sailfish Season with Goal in the Final Minute of Regulation
December 3, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- The Sailfish had their strategy and they stuck with the game plan. Unfortunately for Palm Beach Atlantic a late goal sunk their postseason hopes as Dallas Baptist University put home the game-winning goal with just over thirty seconds left in the contest to earn a 1-0 win over the Sailfish. With a tie yesterday and today’s loss the season ends at the NCCAA National Tournament with the ‘Fish finishing 8-7-3 on the season.
“First and foremost I am so proud of our young team and Sailfish country was so well represented this week as our ladies on and off the field represented the blue and grey with a next level-type character,” said head coach James Kryger.
“I am so proud of our two seniors Allison and Andrea and as coaches we worked hard with them to lead this young team to great heights. 109 days later we played disciplined soccer with heart and it was great to be a part of this team and see what we achieved,” continued the Sailfish head coach.
Much like their previous NCCAA Tournament matchup against No. 1-seed Lee University on Monday the ‘Fish opted to play strong defense against their opponent on Tuesday with the hopes of finding an opportunity to go to goal.
Things were going according to plan for PBA despite chances by the No. 6-seed Patriots (15-6-1) as they led 16-3 in total shots.
The Patriots finally broke through as Dixie Kurrus fed Lindsey Eccles for the game-winner with 36 seconds left in regulation.
“Today’s game was awesome playing in two games back-to-back against two of the elite NCAA Division II teams was not easy and our game plan was played to perfection,” continued Kryger.
“The shot chart doesn’t show how close these games were. Today with one min left their keeper dove out to intercept a potential tap in and unfortunately 30 seconds later we conceded a tough goal to knock us out,” said Kryger.
“We end the season with a young team ready to finish the game in the classroom and then develop another winner next year.”
Despite being outshot the Sailfish did deliver a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Allison Fox and Andrea Jefferson round out their careers in a PBA uniform with Fox making four saves in her final match while Jefferson played the full 90 minutes on defense.