Sailfish Shutout Nation's Top Offense In 0-0 Draw With No. 2 Lynn
September 14, 2016
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- For the second consecutive year, Palm Beach Atlantic (2-2-1, 0-0-1 SSC) and No. 2 Lynn University (5-0-1, 0-0-1 SSC) battled to a 2OT draw. Wednesday night’s contest at the Rinker Athletic Campus ended in a 0-0 result.
“I was proud of the guy’s effort tonight,” said head coach Brian McMahon. “Lynn is a tough and defensively organized team and not easy to beat. I thought we responded well to the challenge of the game. It was unfortunate we did not get the win, but a draw against the No. 2 team in the nation is a great start as we enter Sunshine State Conference play.”
Freshman goalkeeper Elliott Barker (1-0-1), in just his second career start, kept the nation’s leading offense from the net for all 110 minutes. This is the first time Lynn has been shut out this season, and the first time in their last 12 games dating back to last season. Barker picked up four saves on the night, with two coming in the first half, one in the second, and one in 2OT.
The Sailfish managed to outshoot the Fighting Knights seven to three in the opening half, with both Charlie Dennis and Lucas Coutinho getting chances at scoring, but were kept from the net by Lynn’s Alexander Roth.
The ‘Fish and Knights each tallied six shots in the second half, with Dominik Budic and Lucas Kuscevic getting opportunities to break the 0-0 tie for Palm Beach Atlantic. Kuscevic’s header in the 81st minute looked as if it were going to be the game-winning goal for the ‘Fish, but the Fighting Knights defense cleared it away at the last second.
Kuscevic’s header was the final on-goal opportunity for the Sailfish, as PBA was held without a shot on goal in overtime.
Seven Sailfish went the distance Wednesday night, as Barker, Kuscevic, Coutinho, Budic, Jerry Saint-Vil, Neil Slooves, and Cameron Roberts all played 110 minutes.
The Sailfish return to the Rinker Athletic Campus Saturday night, Sept. 17 in search of their first ever Sunshine State Conference win as they host Florida Southern College at the RAC with a scheduled kickoff of 7 p.m.