Sailfish Open Season With 2-0 Win On The Road Over Clayton State

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

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MORROW, Ga.- The No. 5 Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer team opened their 2016-2017 season with a 2-0 victory on the road over the Lakers of Clayton State. Sailfish goals came courtesy of newcomer Charlie Dennis and sophomore Juan Pablo Puelma.

Neither team saw net in the opening forty-five minutes of action, with the Sailfish dominating the possession side of the ball. The ‘Fish out-shot Clayton State 7-2 in the first half, with only two being on goal.

The Sailfish struck first in the 66th minute, when Lucas Coutinho took a shot that was deflected by the Laker’s keeper right into the foot of Dennis, who blasted his first goal as a Sailfish. Two minutes later, Dennis was on the assisting side of the ball, as he set up Puemla who chipped a shot in the back of the net.

The defensive line for the Sailfish picked right up where they left off in 2015, with Michael O'Sullivan, Neil Slooves, Lucas Kusevic, and Jerry Saint-Vil keeping the Lakers to four shots in the game.

Sailfish goalkeeper Fernando Cortes (1-0) finished the day with three saves.

Palm Beach Atlantic (1-0) have a quick turnaround, as they head north to Dahlonega, Ga. tomorrow afternoon, to take on the University of North Georgia Sept. 3, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

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