Alfredson Shines as PBA Women's Soccer Makes Successful Debut
August 29, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With dwindling daylight a major concern, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team found a way to come away with a season opening victory on Friday night in front of a solid crowd at Lantana Park.
Three minutes into their second overtime period with Newberry College, Sailfish forward Grace Alfredson netted her second goal of the night past the diving Indians’ goal keeper, sending the Sailfish fans and bench into excitement.
After a scheduling mishap started the contest 45 minutes late, the fact that overtime play came into the equation certainly didn’t help matters considering the amount of light left at Lantana Park.
“We weathered the storm during the course of the game and we got the chance that we needed and took advantage of that,” said new PBA head coach James Kryger, now 1-0 as a collegiate head coach.
“I was very happy with the first game, and it gives us a good idea of what we need to focus on each day in practice. I thought the girls showed great resolve and we really worked together as a team. We are trying to create unity with this team and we showed that tonight,” continued Kryger.
PBA got the scoring started early as Alfredson received a long up-field pass from senior Brandi Bianco and eventually struck the ball past the goalie. In terms of ball possession, the Sailfish dominated early on.
The momentum would quickly shift back in the way of the Indians as they would break through for a few more chances as the first-half went on. That momentum culminated when Katelyn Luby gave Newberry their first goal of the season as she collected a deflected ball off a PBA player and swiftly pushed the ball in.
After the second-half presented a few close calls but no goals, the two teams decided to play on, even with the light becoming a concern. After a scoreless first 10 minutes of overtime, Alfredson once again received a long pass, this time down the right side from sophomore Angela Kuhn, and scored the game-ending goal.
Junior Ashley Morrell collected the victory in goal for the Fish as she collected three saves while Newberry keeper Megan Hrenchir stopped seven shots.
Now 1-0 to start the season, PBA will take on the Florida Tech Panthers after the holiday weekend by traveling to Melbourne, Florida for an afternoon showdown at 4 pm with FIT.