Burrul Scores First Goal But Sailfish Fall 2-1 to Tampa

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron Hilliard.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Sailfish women’s soccer team played an extremely hard-fought game on a rainy and stormy Saturday evening but fell short to the University of Tampa by a 2-1 final. The loss drops the Sailfish to 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in Sunshine State Conference play while the win improves Tampa to 2-6 on the season and 1-2 in SSC play.

The Sailfish got off to a great start in the first half as a Gemma Burrul blast from long range found the back of the net in the 34th minute to give the ‘Fish a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by quick passes from Claire Allen and Stephanie D'Cruz. The Sailfish defense was stifling in the first half, only allowing three Tampa shots, with Isabelle Granlund making two saves.

The Spartans were able to get more pressure in the second half, as they tied the game up in the 66th minute on a goal from just inside the box on a wild play including a collision with the Sailfish keeper Granlund. The Spartans scored the game winner in the 89th minute as a Sailfish foul just inside the box allowed for a Natashia Asgedom penalty kick, and despite a great diving attempt from Granlund, the ball slid off her fingertips and into the net.

The Sailfish will return to the field and continue conference play on Wednesday, Sept. 28 as they travel to Melbourne to face off with Florida Tech. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The ‘Fish will return to West Palm Beach on Saturday as they will try to avenge an early season loss to Nova Southeastern University.

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