Men's Soccer Nets Historic Victory Over Saint Leo University

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Juan Villagrana (Pictured) Scored the Only Goal PBA Would Need as They Took Down Saint Leo University on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Juan Villagrana (Pictured) Scored the Only Goal PBA Would Need as They Took Down Saint Leo University on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With the wind howling at times and the rain soaking up Magic Jack Field, there wasn’t much to be happy about on Saturday afternoon as the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team took on Saint Leo University in yet another tough region contest. However, the end result would make the Sailfish and fans alike excited as PBA came away with a 1-0 victory, their first ever victory over the Lions.

Now 6-3 on the season, the Sailfish will look to build on this win as they continue their rough stretch ahead of tough region opponents.

“We’ve been playing well all season, and today we played well enough to win.It was a great finish by our guys and I’m very proud of their efforts against a tough opponent in Saint Leo,” said head coach Jose Gomez who has led the Fish to a number of firsts during his tenure at the helm of the Fish.

“This team, especially its seniors, have really helped build our program and experience a lot of firsts and today was another one for them to hang their hats on,” continued Gomez.

A battle throughout, both teams played not only against a tough opponent but against tough conditions as the steady rain came down throughout the match causing less than amicable conditions.

Both defenses would face their share of attacks from the opposite side as the Lions outshot PBA 19-9 although the shots on goal were much closer as SLU tallied eight shots while the Fish collected five shots on goal.

The game’s lone goal scored came from the right leg of PBA junior Juan Villagrana as he connected for a bullet beyond the 18 in the second-half that deflected off a Lions defender and made its way into the back of the net.

After Villagran’s strike put the Fish ahead, it would be the Sailfish defense who would shine, in particularly junior goal keeper Joe  Yurchak as he made a number of key saves down the stretch that helped preserve the shutout for the Fish.

After recent narrow defeats at the hands of Lynn University and Barry University, the Fish can hopefully build on their victory over Saint Leo as they will take on two more formidable region opponents in their next two outings.

The Fish travel to the University of Tampa on Tuesday, October 7th for a 7 pm matchup with the Spartans and then hit the road again on Saturday, October 11th as they will battle Nova Southeastern University at 7 pm.

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