Sailfish Soccer Holds Off Lynn University Attack in 1-1 Draw
September 20, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Despite being pressured nearly the entire game, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team and more importantly the Sailfish defense withstood a strong attack from the Lynn University soccer team on Saturday afternoon to the tune of a 1-1 draw. Neither team was able to push across a goal in the late stages of regulation or two overtime periods.
Having never beaten or even tied the Fighting Knights in the series history, the Sailfish were able to avenge last years overtime loss to Lynn by forcing a draw. The tie improves the PBA record to 1-5-1 while Lynn drops to 5-1-2.
“I think the girls showed they can play with some of the best teams in the Sunshine State Conference; we know we have a lot of building to do and this isn’t our final product but I was happy with our physical effort today,” said PBA head coach James Kryger.
With alumni and family on hand for PBA’s Family Weekend and the annual alumni scrimmage, Kryger and his team certainly felt their support.
“We had a great atmosphere and a great crowd and I was really proud of the girls and the way they performed against a solid opponent. We look forward to getting out there again next week,” continued Kryger.
After 45 minutes of action left both teams with zero’s on the scoreboard, the Sailfish would be the first to strike in the early stages of the second period. Junior Grace Alfredson delivered a corner kick into the box that sophomore Angie Kuhn placed in the net for the 1-0 lead in the 47th minute of the game.
Lynn would fight back in the 55th minute as freshman sensation Melissa Oritz shot a beautiful pass up the right side in front of the Sailfish back-line to a streaking Nicole Richards who tallied her first goal of the season past PBA goalkeeper Ashley Morrell to knot the score at one goal apiece.
While the Knights had their fair share of scoring chances down the stretch, the PBA defense would bend but not break. Lynn out shot PBA 20-3 in the game which resulted in eight saves for Morrell in the net for the Fish.
PBA witnessed solid defensive performances from senior Christian Ibanez, sophomore Angelica Torres, and senior Brandi Bianco in helping keep LU off the scoreboard down the stretch and into overtime.
PBA will look to build off their defensive success when they take on Florida Southern College on Tuesday, September 23rd. The game is slated to take place in Lakeland, Florida at 5 pm.