Late Goals Lead to Embry-Riddle Victory as Sailfish Drop Tough Match
September 6, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- Hitting the road for the second time this week, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team once again came home a bit disappointed as the opponent scored late to earn the victory. Tonight’s action took place against Embry-Riddle University as the Eagles scored four unanswered goals in the second-half to take a 6-3 match victory.
A back-and-forth contest in the early going, the Sailfish entered halftime with a 2-1 lead while holding the Eagles to just one more goal to tie things up in the early stages of the second-half. Things would change in a hurry down the stretch as ERAU connected on four goals in the final 17 minutes of play to ice the game.
After an overtime defeat on the road at Florida Tech earlier in the week and a tough road loss to Embry-Riddle, PBA first-year head coach James Kryger continues to keep his team headed in the right direction.
“We played a great 60 minutes of soccer tonight,” said Kryger. “But we have got to stay focused throughout if plan to compete with the better teams on our schedule,” continued the Sailfish leader.
“Our team certainly came away disappointed tonight after the way we played down the stretch and we need our leaders to step and take ownership of their roles. We know we can play well as a team and we will be excited to get back out there next week against Barry University,” said Kryger.
Embry-Riddle got things started early on as Lindsey Evans came through with an unassisted goal in the 4th minute of the contest.
PBA would not back down however as senior Brandi Bianco connected for her first goal of the season after being awarded a penalty kick in the 30th minute to tie the score. Junior transfer Grace Alfredson would step up next for the Fish as she took advantage of a free kick just outside the penalty box with just two minutes remaining the half.
With the score 2-1 in favor of the visiting Sailfish entering halftime, it appeared as if the momentum sat with the Blue and White. Things would again go back in forth after intermission as ERAU sophomore forward Elina Johansson netted her first of three second-half goals as her shot slipped past PBA goalkeeper Ashley Morrell to knot the score at 2-2.
Under a minute later it appeared the Sailfish would again take over as senior Liz Kendig found the back of the net on a free kick to take back the lead at 3-2.
Over the next 25 minutes the score remained 3-2 until Johansson connected again, this time via a header as Cecilie Henricksen drilled a cross into the box where Johansson deposited the first of four straight headers into the goal for the equalizer at the 73:13 mark.
Johannson completed her third career hat-trick under two minutes later as Evans found her near the goal as she blasted the ball into the back of the net to increase the ERAU lead to 4-2.
Evans came through once again in the 79th minute as she hooked up with Henriksen for a goal and then flip-flopped roles in the 86th minute as Evans found Henriksen for another header to put an exclamation point on the 6-3 victory.
Embry-Riddle finished the night with a 20-9 shots advantage while PBA collected 15 fouls compared to 8 by the Eagles.
PBA will look to rebound from the tough loss as they will take on Barry University on Wednesday, September 10th at 5 pm.