Sailfish Stunned by Final Second Goal in NCAA Quarter Finals
November 22, 2015
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With a 4-3 advantage and just under five minutes left to play in the NCAA Quarter Finals, things were looking full steam ahead for the Sailfish to punch their tickets to Pensacola, until the top-ranked Pfeiffer Falcons (23-0-0) scored back-to-back goals in the final four minutes to stun Palm Beach Atlantic 5-4.The loss brings an early end to the Sailfish season with a record of 17-2-1, best in program history.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when the nation’s top goal scorer Nathan Regis scored his 28th and 29th goals on the year. The first goal came in the seventh minute when he sent in a blast right past the diving Steeven Raymont in net, and his second goal came in the 19th minute when a Sailfish defensive miscue gave Regis the open net.
It did not take long for the Sailfish to counter, as Oscar Farias scored in the 21st minute off a rocket from outside the box, set up by a give and go pass from Lucas DaSilva.
The first equalizer on the night came off the boot of Jermaine Metz as he was assisted by Lucas Kuscevic and Cameron Roberts in the 31st minute.
The tie didn’t hold for long as Pfeiffer regained the lead in the 37th minute courtesy of a Sailfish own goal, ending the first half with a score of 3-2 in favor of the Falcons.
Metz picked up right where he left off in the second half, tying the game in the 47th minute scoring inside the box off a beautiful pass through the Falcon defense from Farias.
Metz picked up the hat trick three minutes later to give the Sailfish a 4-3 advantage, sending in a shot past the diving keeper; the goal was set up by passes from Oscar Farias and Lucas Coutinho.
The Sailfish had several opportunities to extend their lead in the remaining forty minutes of play, but were unable to capitalize on their chances.
The Falcons tied things up in the 86th minute when a few quick passes lead to a one-on-one opportunity for Pfeiffer’s Roberto Soares. Pfeiffer regained the lead with 0:01 left on the clock when Cristobal Allendes connected with a last effort shot inside the congested box, ending the game 5-4 in favor of the top-ranked Falcons, advancing them to the NCAA Final Four.
Goalkeeper Steeven Raymont tied a career-high with eight saves on the night, giving him 52 on the season.