O'Sullivan's Header Wins It For The Sailfish In Overtime
September 29, 2016
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- In a game that saw just about everything, from two lightning delays to 10 yellow cards and 13 corner kicks; it was the final corner kick that made the difference as Charlie Dennis sent in the pass that connected with Michael O'Sullivan who headed in the game-winner in overtime to lift Palm Beach Atlantic (6-2-1, 2-0-1 SSC) over No. 24 Florida Tech (5-1-1, 3-1-0 SSC) by a final score of 2-1.
Both the Sailfish and Panthers came out with a relentless attack in the opening 45 minutes, but neither team found the net in the half, with the Sailfish outshooting the Panthers 4-2 to open the match.
Lightning struck in favor of the Sailfish in the 55th minute as Lucas Coutinho sent up a beautiful through ball pass to Kebba Nyang who beat a defender and took on the Panther goalkeeper one-on-one in the box as he snuck it by him for the goal to put the ‘Fish out in front 1-0. The goal was Nyang’s third of the season, and second in as many games.
Three minutes later lighting struck in physical form a few times in the area, sending both squads to their lorcker rooms for a lengthy delay. Upon arriving back out to the fields once both teams received the all clear sign, another bolt struck nearby and sent both teams packing for a second delay. After the second delay, the Panthers and Sailfish return to the field later than expected, and put on a show for the small crowd still remaining in attendance for the final 32 minutes of regulation.
In the 70th minute of play, Florida Tech’s Jack Willison connected for a header to score off a Panther corner kick to equalize the contest, and later sent the match into overtime.
In the 92nd minute, Dennis looked to win it for the Sailfish but was kept from the net by the Panther goalkeeper. A few minutes later, Dennis got his redemption as he sent in the corner to O'Sullivan that won it for the Sailfish.
The Sailfish return to action Saturday night, Oct. 1 in Davie, Fla. as they travel to take on Sunshine State Conference opponent Nova Southeastern University with a scheduled kickoff of 7 p.m. The ‘Fish are back at the Rinker Athletic Campus Wednesday, Oct. 5 against SSC foe Saint Leo University, also scheduled for 7 p.m.