Sailfish Stumble on the Road at Nova Southeastern
September 12, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
DAVIE, Fla.- In the midst of a tough stretch, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team dropped their fourth straight match on Friday night to a solid Nova Southeastern University squad as the Sailfish continue to try and work through a difficult stretch of tough opponents and a rough string of luck.
Without two-year starting goalkeeper Ashley Morrell after the junior keeper was issued a red card in her last appearance on Wednesday against Barry University, PBA was forced to do their best without Morrell which resulted in a 7-1 victory for the home-standing Sharks.
“We are definitely not happy with tonight’s loss and we need to continue to work on all the things we’ve implemented thus far to change this program around,” said first-year head coach James Kryger.
“The girls are working hard and showing great character and great resolve in the midst of a tough stretch we’ve been facing,” continued Kryger.
The Sailfish (1-3-0) started the night off in great fashion as junior Lindsey Bates connected with sophomore Angie Kuhn for a goal at the ten minute mark.
Sending in a cross from the just beyond the left-side of the 18, Kuhn blasted the opening goal at the ten minute mark to give the Fish the 1-0 advantage.
Continuing to play well, the Sailfish defense would begin to bend but not break until the 25th minute as NSU mid-fielder Shurell Burton found teammate Heather Swift on a cross to tie the score up at one goal apiece.
Gaining back the momentum, the Sharks would take advantage as they tallied two more goals over the next few minutes as Swift and Stephanie Quinones would each register goals to take a 3-1 lead into half-time.
The second-half would also belong to NSU as they tacked on four more goals to extend their lead to the eventual 7-1 final tally.
Alexis Hernandez accumulated three of the four goals scored by NSU in the second-half while the final goal for NSU came via an own goal on the Fish as a misplaced ball bounced off a PBA defender in for the goal.
“We left off the gas for five minutes and they really took advantage late in the first-half,” said Kryger.
With Morrell unable to tend the nets for PBA on Friday night, freshman Angela Poulos was forced into duty and came away with three saves in a solid effort in her collegiate goal-keeping debut.
PBA will look to bounce back with the help of their full squad in their next contest as they take on West Palm Beach rival Northwood University on Wednesday afternoon beginning at 2 pm. The game is scheduled to take place at NU.