Sailfish Make Giant Step as They Fight to a Draw With #10-Ranked Rollins College

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Brandi Bianco (Pictured) Scored PBA's Lone Goal as They Held #10-Ranked Rollins College to a Draw. Photo Courtesy of: Michael BrownBrandi Bianco (Pictured) Scored PBA's Lone Goal as They Held #10-Ranked Rollins College to a Draw. Photo Courtesy of: Michael Brown

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LANTANA, Fla.- It’s been a rough season thus far for the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team, not many would argue that. However, things looked a lot brighter for the present and the future on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Sailfish battled #10-ranked and undefeated Rollins College to a 1-1 draw at rain-soaked Lantana Park.

Battling against not only the high-powered Tars, the Sailfish took on the sloppy conditions that the afternoon offered as rain pelted the turf all afternoon as both teams endured persistent rain fall throughout the game.

After battling Lynn University to a 1-1 draw two weeks ago, the Sailfish have been looking for a similar result. According to head coach James Kryger, it appears they found it with their outcome versus Rollins on Saturday.

“We obviously are very happy with the result today. Credit to Rollins and coach Amato, they are a very well coached and tactically disciplined team, they definitely deserve their high national ranking. We were able to get some breaks and ran our game plan to perfection. I am very happy with the individual performances we displayed tonight and to know this is just the beginning of how well this team can perform when they work for 90 minutes is very exciting,” said Kryger.

After a scoreless first-half left both head coaches looking for answers, the Tars would be the first to notch a goal on the scoreboard as they struck quickly after halftime as Charlotte Murrell found teammate Maia Ryan for a goal in the 48th minute of the game.

Now braced with a lead, many might assume the Tars would run away with the contest. That however would not be the case as PBA struck for their own goal on a header from senior Brandi Bianco. Angie Kuhn and Grace Alfredson assisted on the goal.

“Our goal is even sweeter when you think that we have been working tirelessly on getting ourselves in these type of opportunities,” said Kryger.

“ I know the ladies will be very happy and they should be, they worked for this point very hard today and we need to carry this over as we continue to prepare for some tough SSC opponents ahead,” continued the Sailfish head coach.

After more rain and a few close calls on both sides that nearly resulted in game-winning goals, the two teams would end regulation in a tie. After two ten minute overtimes, the game still remained tied and was awarded a draw.

While the Sailfish defense would bend, to the tune of 26 total shots for the Tars, they would not break as they held Rollins off the scoreboard down the stretch.

Junior goalkeeper Ashley Morrell tallied ten saves in the net for PBA as the Fish improve their record to 1-8-2 on the season. The tie moves Rollin’s record to 9-0-2 with their only other tie coming against nationally-ranked University of West Florida earlier this season.

PBA returns to the pitch on Tuesday as they host Northwood University at home. Game time will be announced soon.

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