Men's Soccer Puts Together Statement Win in NCCAA National Tournament Opener
December 2, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- The Sailfish men’s soccer team wasted little time in shaking off any potential rust following the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday afternoon as freshman Lucas DaSilva netted what would be the game winning goal in the third minute of their NCCAA National Tournament opening game. The Sailfish would go on to win 4-0 with a pair of goals in each half against Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College from the Austin-Tindall Complex.
Matched up against RWC (11-7-3) who entered the match as the No. 9-seed in the tournament, the No.6-seeded Sailfish (11-6-3) set the tone early thanks to the quick strike from DaSilva.
Early on it was the ‘Fish who controlled possession and following a Redhawks foul the ‘Fish would setup their first scoring opportunity of the match. Although the initial free kick would be deflected, DaSilva alertly put together an accurate strike following the ricochet and gave his team an early 1-0 lead.
Things would hold at 1-0 in favor of the Blue and White until the 24th minute as sophomore Lucas Coutinho blasted a shot from the 18-yard line that deflected off a RWC defender and in for another Sailfish score.
Not content with their 2-0 lead the ‘Fish took advantage of the Redhawks attempts to push forward late in the match when Coutinho scored in the 81st minute followed by a Bruno Pietrobelli goal in the 83rd minute. Pietrobelli’s goal came following a penalty kick try that was temporarily saved by RWC goalkeeper Michael Scavone only to see Pietrobelli fire it back in after a rebound.
Palm Beach Atlantic held possession and control for much of the match and finished with an 18-7 shots advantage. They also gathered nine corner kick opportunities to aid to their attack.
Junior Steeven Raymont went the distance in goal for PBA and made two saves in the shutout win.
PBA will now turn their attention to the overall No. 1-seed for the tournament in Mississippi College who they will face off against on Wednesday at 2 pm to wrap up pool play. MC earned a 2-2 draw with Roberts Wesleyan on Monday. A win against MC will advance PBA to the NCCAA National Tournament semi-finals on Friday.
Fans that are unable to make the drive to Kissimmee can follow the action through a live video broadcast (subscription required), live stats and by following the PBA Men’s Soccer Twitter page. CLICK HERE to Follow @SailfishMS on Twitter.