Explosive First Half Lifts Sailfish Past Florida Memorial
September 21, 2016
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men's soccer team picked up their third consecutive shutout en route to a 4-0 win over NAIA Florida Memorial University Wednesday night at the Rinker Athletic Campus. With the win, the 'Fish advance to 4-2-1 on the year. The Sailfish were led offensively Wednesday night by Felipe Clavijo, who scored one of the four Sailfish goals and picked up an assist.
The Sailfish scored all four of their goals on the evening in a 15 minute window, spreading from the 21st minute to the 36th. Defender Michael O'Sullivan scored his third career goal with the Sailfish in the 21st minute, his first of the year. The goal was set up following two Sailfish passes, the first was a ball in from Kebba Nyang directly to Lucas Coutinho who placed a perfect ball for O'Sullivan to finish to put the Sailfish out in front.
Lucas Kuscevic picked up his first goal of the year in the 29th minute, following a pass from the left side of the box by Coutinho across to the far right side for the wide open goal, Coutinho's second assist of the night.
In the 35th minute, Clavijo scored on a chip shot from about 20 yards out after maneuvering past four Lion defenders over a 40-yard span down field.
Less than a minute later, Timo Knull scored on a wide-open shot after Clavijo sent a ball up to Fredo Dilbert who placed a perfect one-touch pass across the field to Knull on the finish. The goal was Knull's second on the year, and put the Sailfish out in front 4-0.
The second half was a different story, as neither team found the net in the closing 45 minutes. The Sailfish had opportunities to extend their lead, but failed to do so. Only landed three of their seven second-half shots on net, but all were saved by Florida Memorial's Alejandro Quiriti.
Elliott Barker (W, 3-0-1) and Jake Fifer shared goalkeeping duties on the evening, with Barker holding down the net for the opening sixty minutes of action while Fifer finished things out in the remaining half hour. Neither Sailfish goalkeeper worked too hard, as none of the six Lions shots were on goal on the evening.
Palm Beach Atlantic hits the road for their next match, traveling just shy of 800 miles to take on the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers this Sunday afternoon, with a scheduled kickoff of 3:30 p.m. central time. The Sailfish return to the Rinker Athletic Campus in a week, Wednesday, Sept. 28, as they host Sunshine State Conference opponent Florida Tech, scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.