Sailfish Post First Shutout to Cap Impressive Season Opening Swing
September 1, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
DURANGO, Colo.- After an impressive 7-1 win on Saturday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team followed that victory up with another convincing win on Monday over another formidable Colorado opponent as the Sailfish took down the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 4-0.
Given an advantage down the stretch with UCCS playing a man down because of a costly red card, the Sailfish took full advantage as they pushed across three late goals as the UCCS defense gambled with their strategy and paid dearly.
Dealing with both an unfamiliar surface by playing on artificial turf and the high altitude conditions, the Sailfish still managed to come away with a pair of solid victories according to head coach Jose Gomez.
“We had a tough time that’s for sure, with the air and the different playing surface, but in the end we were obviously pleased with the result,” said Gomez.
“They say good teams find a way to win even when they aren’t at their best and I feel like that’s how our team performed today,” continued Gomez.
Things started off well for the Fish as sophomore Kyle Crouse found senior Daniel Abrahamsohn across the middle in the seventh minute for the game’s first goal. It would be nearly 74 minutes later in the game until the Sailfish would strike again.
“They were a very scrappy team and never gave in; we have to tip our caps to the effort they presented today and the game they played,” said Gomez.
With UCCS trailing 1-0 and the PBA defense proving to be strong, UCCS head coach Henry Ellis chose to pull his goalie up farther in an effort to jump start the offense. While an admirable tactic, the effort seemed to backfire and give the Fish just enough space to take advantage.
With less than nine minutes remaining, PBA junior Cheyne Roberts sent a through ball to the left corner where he found a sprinting Josh Sharpe who placed the pass into the left corner of the net giving the Fish their first signifigant cushion of the game.
With the game seemingly in hand and the Mountain Lions somewhat deflated after giving up the late goal, the Sailfish tacked on two more additional scores in the late stages of the contest.
The first of the two late scores for the Fish came when junior Jonathon Clark just missed out on a goal that was blocked by the UCCS defense, only to see the ball bounce back in which Clark quickly found a wide open Chance Sumner who tallied the Sailfish third goal with under three minutes remaining in the game.
Senior Dan Dodge sent a cross to Clark with only five seconds remaining in the game for the final goal of the game for PBA, giving the Blue and White a convincing 4-0 road victory.
Junior Joe Yurchak represented the Fish in goal while posting his first shutout of the season while registering four saves.
Now 2-0 to start the season, the Sailfish will return home to face off against Eckerd College on Wednesday, September 3rd. The game is scheduled for 5 pm at Magic Jack Field. Stay tuned to the PBA website for directions and information regarding Magic Jack Field.