PBA Responds with Solid Showing in Shutout of Shorter
September 13, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
BOCA RATON, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer team got back in the win column on Saturday evening as they took care of Shorter (Ga.) University to the tune of a 3-0 shutout win for the Sailfish. Just 24 hours after a disappointing loss versus Lee (Tenn.) University the ‘Fish improved to 2-1-1 on the season in their second match at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort Soccer Classic hosted by Lynn University at Bobby Campbell Stadium.
A light mist filled the air in the early stages of Saturday evening’s showdown with the Hawks (0-4) but it wouldn’t slow down the Sailfish (2-1-1) as they looked to put away any chances for SU to claim their first win of the season.
Palm Beach Atlantic newcomer Lucas Kuscevic notched the first PBA goal in the 16th minute when senior Daniel Pena found Kuscevic for a nifty first goal.
Just about 15 minutes later it would be another solid PBA connection as sophomore Cameron Roberts delivered a short pass inside the box to Juan Jose Morales who finished for a 2-0 lead for the ‘Fish.
The good work done by the PBA defense limited the SU offense to only four first-half shots as the two teams went into halftime with a 2-0 score.
PBA wasted little time in going towards goal again in the second-half as junior Tom Gavin made good on a penalty kick opportunity after a PBA player was taken down inside the box. The Gavin goal in the 52nd minute proved to be the final scoring tally of the match.
Head coach Brian McMahon utilized his deep bench during much of the second-half as he helped alleviate any lingering physical issues following the back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday. A total of 22 field players saw time in the match for Palm Beach Atlantic.
The Sailfish defense was guided by Steeven Raymont in goal as he posted his first shutout of the season while making seven saves. Sophomore Neil Slooves played all 90 minutes in the match as did Steven Fiema and Kuscevic.
Palm Beach Atlantic will be off from game action until Wednesday, Sept. 17th when they host St. Thomas University at the Rinker Athletic Campus beginning at 7 pm.