Northwood Hangs On to Shutout as PBA Men's Soccer Falls in Home Finale

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

PBA Junior Juan Villagrana (Pictured, #7) Takes Part in What Was a Physical Battle Versus Northood University on Saturday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. PBA Junior Juan Villagrana (Pictured, #7) Takes Part in What Was a Physical Battle Versus Northood University on Saturday Afternoon. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- While it may not have been the way the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team would have liked to have closed out their regular season home schedule on Saturday afternoon, with a 2-0 loss to West Palm Beach rival Northwood University, the remainder of the season can still bring some highlight moments.

The Seahawks (11-2-1) pushed across a goal in each half as they utilized a stingy defensive effort to keep the Sailfish (9-5-1) off the scoreboard for the second time this season.

NU sophomore midfielder Tom Stringer, one of 15 international players on the Northwood roster, connected for both goals for the Hawks against PBA. The first goal came in the 11th minute as Joonas Siikala sent a through ball in the direction of Stringer who easily chipped it over the head of PBA goalkeeper Joe Yurchak for the game’s opening score.

Both teams continued to battle things out and went into halftime with the Hawks leading 1-0.

The second-half proved even more physical than the first 45 minutes as the Seahawks were whistled for six fouls and four yellow cards while the Sailfish earned 10 fouls and two yellow card cautions.

With the Sailfish pushing forward for a goal scoring opportunity and hopes of tying the game, it would be Northwood who would connect as freshman Alvaro Romo softly chipped the ball into the box where Stringer once again put the ball home for a goal. The insurance goal for NU came in the 67th minute.

NU goalkeeper Andy Robertson earned the shutout while posting four saves. Yurchak saved two shots in the loss.

A very balanced game, PBA held a 13-12 shots advantage while also be called for 16 fouls compared to 13 by NU. PBA held a distinct 9-2 advantage in corner kick chances.

PBA returns to the pitch next Saturday as they travel across the state to St. Augustine, Florida for a much-anticipated date with Flagler College in what will be the regular season finale for the Fish. Game time is slated for 6 pm.

GAME NOTES: PBA honored its six seniors at halftime of Saturday’s game with personalized jerseys. Those seniors playing their final regular season home game were Trent Hammon, Nick Rasek, Dan Dodge, Daniel Abrahamsoh, Jerris Gay, and Caleb Roberts.

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