Sailfish Defeat Lions 3-2 on Senior Night, Earn Top Seed In SSC Tournament
October 29, 2016
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- For the second consecutive year, Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer have concluded their regular season with the best record against Sunshine State Conference opponents. Unlike last season however, this year counted for the ‘Fish, as PBA officially shares the top spot with Lynn University with a 7-1-1 SSC record. The seventh and final SSC victory for the Sailfish came Saturday night at the Rinker Athletic Campus as the No.12 team in the country defeated Saint Leo University 3-2 on Senior Night.
The Sailfish jumped out to an early and commanding lead, taking a 2-0 lead into the half and looked to have been in control full steam ahead. After extending the lead to three, a minor hiccup allowed the Lions to crawl back in the game within the final 15 minutes, but the ‘Fish were able to hang on to the lead for the 3-2 final score.
It would not be senior night if a senior did not score, and that is how the action got started, with Eddy Milien scoring his third goal of the year in the 11th minute of play. The goal was set up by Lucas Coutinho, who earned is 10th assist on the season, expanding his all-time PBA record to 38 for his career.
The Sailfish extended their lead to two in the 40th minute as Chris Sandys-Thomas sent in a beautiful pass to Timo Knull, who one-touched it to Fredo Dilbert for the goal. The goal gives the freshman from Miami, Fla. his fifth goal of the season.
Up 2-0 at the half, the ‘Fish looked to be in cruise control and added a third goal in the 70th courtesy of a Farias Juarez penalty kick.
With the ‘Fish up three goals, PBA went with an entire line change, removing 10 of the 11 players for fresh subs. Two minutes and two Lions goals later, the Sailfish started returned to the pitch for the final 12 minutes of play to secure the win and the top seed in the SSC Tournament.
Elliott Barker (W, 11-1-1) picked up four saves on the evening, including two clutch diving saves in the final eight minutes of play to secure the win while allowing no goals.
With the win, the Sailfish finish the regular season 12-3-1 overall, with a 7-1-1 record in SSC play. Palm Beach Atlantic has earned the top seed of the SSC Tournament, and will be hosting both semi-final matchups Friday, and the SSC Tournament championship Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned to pbasailfish.com and our social media for more updates regarding seeding and game times for the tournament.