Nationally Ranked Northwood University Takes Afternoon Soccer Matinee

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID\

Brandi Bianco (Pictured) Netted PBA's Lone Goal of the Afternoon on a Penalty Kick in the First-Half. Photo Courtesy of: Michael Brown Brandi Bianco (Pictured) Netted PBA's Lone Goal of the Afternoon on a Penalty Kick in the First-Half. Photo Courtesy of: Michael Brown

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Battling high temperatures from a blistering sun overhead as well as a tough and undefeated Northwood University squad, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team was unable to push across any second-half goals to match that of the Seahawks and eventually fell to their West Palm Beach rivals by a final tally of 3-1.

Improving their record to 4-0 on the season which will help them maintain their #6 national ranking (NAIA), Northwood collected two goals in the second-half to break what was a 1-1 tie at halftime.

“We still have obviously a lot of work to do,” said PBA head coach James Kryger after the disappointing loss.

“We are reacting better with our decisions but again we played another 70 minute game. I don’t think the score line is indicative of this game but until we become 90 minutes fit the fruits of our labor won’t ultimately show; however we know the day is coming and I’m proud of the effort our girls gave today in some tough conditions,” continued Kryger.

The Seahawks jumped ahead early on the Fish as Tess Svensson got the home-standing Hawks on the board with an unassisted goal just five minutes into the game.

Both teams would battle on both ends of the field over the next thirty minutes or so until a hand-ball inside the box landed PBA a penalty kick that senior Brandi Bianco neatly planted into the back of the net to knot the score at one goal apiece.

With both teams feeling some exhaustion entering halftime due to the heat and mid-day sun, the second-half would test the fitness level and desire of both teams.

NU broke up the tie game in the 64th minute when Katya Salguero registered her fourth goal in as many games for the Hawks and gave NU a lead they would never relinquish.

Five minutes later the Hawks tacked on a third and final goal as Jessica Lebonher found Lina Karlsson all alone at the top of the box for a goal at just under 70 minutes.

Despite their best efforts, Palm Beach Atlantic would not be able to push across a late goal as the loss drops their 2008 season record to 1-5.

PBA continues their rough stretch of contests on Saturday as they host Lynn University at Lantana Field at 4 pm.

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