Overtime Thriller Goes the Way of the Panthers After Big Sailfish Comeback
September 2, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
MELBOURNE, Fla.- Trailing 3-0 with the outlook looking fairly bleak, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team stormed back into contention on Tuesday evening and forced overtime against Florida Tech on the road. FIT pushed across a late goal in the second overtime to seal the victory.
Now two games into their season, the Sailfish women’s soccer team has already been apart of four extra periods of play after their match with FIT and their equally thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Newberry College last week.
“I think today’s loss was a story of two halves where we definitely had to make adjustments which allowed us to get forward. We’ve been talking all year about winning games in the 89th minute and I was really proud of the girls effort in fighting back,” said head coach James Kryger.
“They competed against some tough conditions and we look forward to Friday in the hopes of regrouping,” continued the Sailfish on-field leader.
After a tough 20 minute span to open the game left both teams with nothing on the scoreboard, the Panthers finally broke through with an unassisted goal as Paula Lillsjo’s cross attempt made its way into the back of the net.
Not satisfied, the Panthers chipped in another goal in the 36th minute as Lillsjo found Amanda Hjalmarsson with a pass from the center of the box to take a 2-0 lead into the half.
The second half of play started off somewhat sluggish for the Fish as the Panthers capitalized with a breakaway goal from Megan Stone as Sara Lewis assisted.
Down but now out, the Sailfish would regroup when sophomore Angelica Torres placed the first of three headers in a row for the Fish that would find the back of the net in the 72nd minute. The first score came as Torres received a pass from sophomore Alex Regin before heading the ball in.
Fellow sophomore Angie Kuhn delivered the next goal as she received a feed from senior Liz Kendig in the 88th minute, the first of two consecutive assists from Kendig. Now trailing 3-2 with only a minute and a half left, the game seemingly looked wrapped up for FIT.
That wouldn’t be the case down the stretch as Torres once again came through with a goal, again from Kendig.
After the first overtime period featured no goals and wore down both defenses, FIT would look to capitalize. With just under six minutes remaining in the contest, Stone once again came through for the Panthers as she took advantage of a miscommunication as PBA goalkeeper Ashley Morrell fell and the Panthers took the victory.
The overtime victory pushed the early season record for FIT to 3-0 while PBA drops to 1-1. The Fish will look to regroup for their upcoming contest versus Embry-Riddle on Friday as the team travels to play in Daytona, Florida at 7 pm.