Women's Soccer Faces Adversity as Barry University Takes Down the Fish

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

The PBA Women's Soccer Team Huddles Before Wednesday's Match With Barry University. Photo Courtesy of: Michael BrownThe PBA Women's Soccer Team Huddles Before Wednesday's Match With Barry University. Photo Courtesy of: Michael Brown

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team took on Barry University on Wednesday night in front of a large crowd at Buccaneer Field in what would turn out to be an odd affair. Trailing 1-0 at intermission, the Sailfish allowed four goals in the second half as the Bucs took advantage of a number of scoring opportunities they were presented in the second-half.

Battling in what was a very competitive first-half of soccer, the Sailfish came away after 45 minutes of play only down one goal after Buccaneers forward Sarah Wolfer netted her fifth goal of the young season on a pass from Michelle Tarasiuk at just under the 17th minute.

Both teams featured a number of close calls on the offensive end including two PBA shots that made contact with the posts, keeping the Fish narrowly off the scoreboard entering the break.

Trailing 12-6 at halftime in terms of shots, the Sailfish would face an even more determined attack from Barry in the second-half as the home-standing Bucs would tally an astonishing 23 shots in the final 45 minutes while finding the back of the net four times to take the 5-0 victory.

Tarasiuk got things started five minutes into the second-half when Wolfer came through with a back pass for the Bucs second goal of the evening. Morgan Ault would strike next for the Bucs for her first goal of the season as she blasted a ball nearly 30 yards out off a Tiffany Rolfing pass to give the Bucs some ample breathing room.

Things really started to crumble for the Fish down the stretch as PBA goalkeeper Ashley Morrell was issued a red card with just over 17 minutes to play in the contest. In an odd series of events, Barry connected for a pass around a charging Morrell only to witness the junior PBA keeper get tangled up with the Bucs player inside the box. This play unfortunately resulted in Morrell’s ejection.

Junior Grace Alfredson, the Sailfish top scorer to this point in the season put on the goalie uniform and did her best to finish out the night in between the pipes for PBA.

Emily Bourgoine and Kalie Adkinson, both reserve players for Barry, connected for goals down the stretch as BU extended their lead to 5-0.

While the final score may not have indicated the true level of play of the evening, PBA head coach James Kryger came away from the contest with mixed emotions.

“Obviously we aren’t happy with the score result tonight, however our goal is to continue to progress in a positive direction, which I feel we did tonight,” said Kryger.

“We are getting better at the things we’ve been working on and in 20 days time we believe there will be a different result,” said Kryger in reference to PBA’s later season date with Barry that will take place in West Palm Beach.

With not much time until their next game, the Sailfish will be working out the kinks in the coming days. PBA takes on Nova Southeastern University on Friday, September 12th in Davie, Florida at 6 pm.

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