Men's Soccer Earns Tight Win in Physical Battle with Moccasins
October 18, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
LAKELAND, Fla.- Engaging in one of their most physical battles of the season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team earned a hard-fought victory on Saturday evening against Florida Southern College in yet another key road match within the always competitive NCAA South Region. A Nick Rasek goal in the first-half turned out to be the only scoring for either team as PBA came away with a 1-0 shutout of the Mocs.
The Sailfish (8-4-1) held the Mocs off the scoreboard with a solid defensive effort including a spectacular performance by junior goalkeeper Joe Yurchak as he collected his third shutout of the 2008 season.
Thirty fouls were committed including the Fish being called for 19 of them while also being issued three yellow cards and one red card, requiring the blue and white to play without one of their best defenders in Trent Hammon for the final 20 minutes of the game.
The lone goal of the evening came just short of the 41st minute as PBA junior Cheyne Roberts delivered a free kick into the box which found its way to the feet of Nick Rasek who took advantage of his close proximity to the goal and sent the ball flying to the back post for his third goal of the season.
While the Mocs led the final shot count 14-6, it would be the Sailfish defense who would hold their opponent off the scoreboard and earn another much needed road victory.
Yurchak tallied three saves for the Fish in goal as he earned his eighth victory of the season.
The Sailfish will now prepare for their final home stand of the 2008 season as they will play host to Clearwater Christian College on Thursday, October 23rd and then against West Palm Beach rival Northwood University on Saturday, October 25th. Both games are slated to take place at Magic Jack Field and are free and open to the public.