Women's Soccer Opens RAC Era with Exciting 2-1 Win Over Valdosta State

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

The Sailfish Women's Soccer Team Took on Valdosta State on Friday Evening Before a Big Crowd at the Rinker Athletic Campus in a 2-1 PBA Win. Photo Courtesy of: Will Johansen.The Sailfish Women's Soccer Team Took on Valdosta State on Friday Evening Before a Big Crowd at the Rinker Athletic Campus in a 2-1 PBA Win. Photo Courtesy of: Will Johansen.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The long-awaited debut for the Palm Beach Atlantic women’s soccer team at their new home field proved to be well worth the wait on Friday evening as the Sailfish turned a 1-0 halftime deficit into a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Valdosta (Ga.) State University. A large crowd witnessed the first-ever home game for the Lady Sailfish at the Rinker Athletic Campus while head coach Chris Gnehm and the ‘Fish notched their first victory of the 2014 campaign.

A strong defensive effort from both teams in the first-half came up just short from the Sailfish (1-2-0) perspective when Valdosta State (0-2-0) reserve Maegen Doyle blasted a free kick from just beyond the 18-yard line past the outstretched dive of PBA goalkeeper Kayla Wincko.

The VSU goal came with just under three minutes left in the first-half and would hold up to halftime as the Blazers led the Sailfish 6-2 in total first-half shots.

Following the halftime break the ‘Fish came out reenergized and ready to attack as freshmen Monica Rojas and Morgan Campbell connected for a game-tying score in the 47th minute. Rojas led Campbell with a beautiful through ball up the right seam as Campbell finished with a flick over the VSU keeper’s save attempt.

With both team’s fighting off the other’s chances throughout much of the second-half it would once again be Rojas who would strike for Palm Beach Atlantic.

The former Stoneman Douglas High School standout gave the many PBA fans in attendance exactly what they were looking for in the 85th minute when she rebounded her own shot for a game-winner past the Blazer’s keeper.

Although VSU would put together a few strong chances late in the match it would be the Sailfish left to celebrate their first win at their new home.

In total the Blazers held a 14-7 shots lead while also narrowly out-hitting the ‘Fish in corner kick attempts at 5-4.

Wincko earned her first career win in goal as the sophomore stopped six VSU shots.

PBA will be back at the Rinker Athletic Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 16th when they host Eckerd College at 7 pm before gearing up for a long trip to northern California next weekend for a pair of matches.

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