Lady Fish Continue to Make Strides on the Soccer Field; Take Down St. Thomas 3-0

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Jessica Rodriguez (Pictured) Was One of Many Sailfish Players to Help Lead the Team to Victory Over St. Thomas on Wednesday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Jessica Rodriguez (Pictured) Was One of Many Sailfish Players to Help Lead the Team to Victory Over St. Thomas on Wednesday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- After an overtime win over last weekend against NCAA Division I Texas Southern University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team continued where they left off on Wednesday night as they traveled to face off against St. Thomas University for the second time in two weeks. PBA dominated the first-half on their way to a 3-0 shutout weekend.

Welcoming back starting goalkeeper Ashley Morrell, the Sailfish defense once again proved strong as they posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season with their 3-0 victory over STU.

While much work is still yet to be done if the Sailfish hope to make a strong showing in the postseason, head coach James Krgyer likes the way things are looking for his team.

“Today we completed what we started on Saturday in Texas; we fought as a team, we played together and we did enough to beat a hard fighting St. Thomas squad,” said Kryger after the hard-earned victory.

“Both coach Rife and I were very happy with the effort of the individuals. We spoke about John 12:9 and us all having a special gift today. We were going to glorify God on the field showcasing our blessings and gifts he has provided us and what a performance we showed. We will come together and look to play a fighting Eckerd College team in our next outing,” continued Kryger.

After a disappointing 3-1 loss to the Bobcats on their senior night on October 17th at Lantana Field, the Sailfish turned the tables on St. Thomas as the Blue and White downed the home-standing Cats on their senior night on Wednesday.

Senior Brandi Bianco, moving back into her more customary role of offensive scorer, put home the first goal from just beyond 20 yards out as her shot bent past STU goalkeeper Maria Mora at just under 28 minutes into the game.

After another Bianco attempt just missed the back of the net, a few plays later fellow senior Lindsey Bates connected for her second goal of the 2008 season. A double-assist from sophomores Brittany Gahan and Angie Kuhn delivered a pass to Bates in the 32nd minute that found a 1 v 1 situation lying ahead. Bates beat the keeper and pushed PBA’s lead to 2-0.

Now more comfortably in control, the Fish tacked on a second-half goal in the 61st minute as senior Christina Ibanez headed the ball to Jessica Rodriguez in the middle of the field who then forwarded a pass onto Kuhn who slotted the ball past a diving attempt from Mora to ice the game and give PBA a commanding 3-0 advantage.

Morrell turned in a fantastic performance in goal for PBA after missing the previous four games due to injury as the junior goal-tender tallied seven saves while posting her first shutout of the season.

Looking to continue their recent string, PBA will take on Eckerd College in their next outing which will take place on Friday, October 31st in St. Petersburg, Florida at 7 pm.

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