Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals Preview

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- It did not take long for Palm Beach Atlantic’s mens soccer team to make an impact on the Sunshine State Conference. The ‘Fish, in their first season eligible, find themselves tied for a share of first place in the conference at the end of the regular season, and hosting the SSC tournament.

Earning the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Sailfish earned a first round bye, and will host Tampa Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Rinker Athletic Campus. Tampa advanced in the tournament after beating Barry Tuesday night in Tampa by the final score of 1-0.

The last time the Sailfish battled Tampa was Oct. 26 as the ‘Fish were victorious 3-0 in Tampa.. Felipe Clavijo, Charlie Dennis, and Fredo Dilbert each scored in the contest en route to the shutout win.

Despite keeping the Spartans from scoring, a few Tampa players are worthy of keeping an eye on. Sophomore Fredinho Mompremier, a midfielder, is leading the Spartans with 26 points, scoring 11 goals and adding four assists. Freshman midfielder Lewis Sugden leads the way in assists with eight, and junior forward Bay Downing has 20 points on the year, with eight goals and four assists.

On the other side of the tournament, the No. 2 seed Lynn University Fighting Knights will take on Eckerd at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the RAC, after they beat Florida Tech 3-1 in Melbourne Tuesday night.

The Fighting Knights defeated the Tritons 2-0 in Boca back on Oct. 15. For Lynn, Jack Watson scored early in the first half, and Bruno Millitz scored in the opening minute of the second half.

Watson is leading the Fighting Knights with 43 points courtesy of 19 goals and five assists. He is followed by Alun Webb’s 23 points, thanks to seven goals and nine assists on the year.

For the Tritons, they are led offensively by Matheus Assumpcao and Juan David Tejada, who both have 22 points. Assumpcao has scored seven goals and added eight assists, and Tejada’s 22 points are courtesy of 10 goals and two assists.

Both winners from Friday will advance to the SSC Championship Sunday afternoon at the Rinker Athletic Campus, starting at 1 p.m.

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