PBA Women's Soccer Collects Historic Victory Over Texas Southern University
October 25, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
HOUSTON, Tex.- The 2008 season has been a challenging one for the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team. However, things seemed a lot brighter on Saturday as they took down NCAA Division I opponent Texas Southern University on a Lindsey Bates goal in double-overtime to take the victory 1-0.
Bates connected for the game-winning shot two minutes into the second overtime period as she blasted a ball nearly 35 yards out that was blocked by the goalkeeper into the cross bar. After hitting the bar, the ball deflected back off the TSU keeper which sent the Sailfish bench into euphoria as the Fish earned a much-deserved victory.
Now 2-13-2, the Sailfish earned their second overtime victory of the season after opening up the season with a double overtime victory over Newberry College at home.
Traveling all the way to Houston, Texas for a pair of games, first against Houston Baptist University on Friday afternoon and then Texas Southern on Saturday, the Lady Fish certainly had a tough task before them.
After falling 5-0 to HBU last night including giving up four second-half goals, not many would have expected a shutout performance by the Fish on Saturday. However, as first-year head coach James Kryger puts it, things aren’t always what they seem.
“We really challenged the girls tonight and asked who would step up, who would be the hero,” said Kryger.
“This was a great preparation for regionals coming up playing two games in two days and I’m really proud of the girls and their efforts to get this win,” continued Kryger.
Still without starting goalkeeper Ashley Morrell, the Fish once again called the number of freshman goalkeeper Angela Poulos. While previous results haven’t fallen in her favor, Poulous continued to work hard to put herself in position for a breakout performance against TSU.
Playing on a turf field with much smaller dimensions than what the Sailfish home field normally presents, the Sailfish were forced to make adjustments in their style of play and came away with a great effort.
A physical contest, the Lady Tigers were whistled for 18 fouls and played a man down for the final 20 minutes and overtimes after a red card was issued. PBA was called for 17 fouls themselves while holding a 12-6 shot advantage.