Three Sailfish Named to NCCAA All-American Team

GREENVILLE, S.C.- With perhaps the finest season in school history now complete, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team continues to stock pile postseason accolades as three integral members of the NCCAA National championship runner-up Sailfish were named as members of the NCCAA All-American Team.

With a final record of 14-4-2, the Fish made their way all the way to the National Christian College Athletic Association title game before falling to The Master College after a 1-1 tie turned into a sudden-death penalty kicks session that saw the Sailfish come out on the losing end by a final tally of 4-2.

A big part of not only their march to the title game but for their success all season long was the steady and productive play of Cheyne Roberts, Joseph Yurchak, and Daniel Abrahamsohn as they all represented Palm Beach Atlantic as members of the NCCAA All-American listing.

Only a sophomore, Roberts completed his second season in a Sailfish uniform by collecting 10 goals and six assists in 20 games on the season. A native of Plant City, Florida, Roberts also became the first player in NCCAA history to be named both the All-Tournament most valuable offensive player one season (2006) followed up by being named the All-tournament most valuable defensive player the following year (2007).

Starting all 20 games in between the pipes for head coach Jose Gomez, Yurchak finished out the 2007 campaign by allowing only .93 goals per game while posting seven shutouts. Yurchak registered 63 saves in goal and was named to the NCCAA All-American first team alongside Roberts.

Named to the NCCAA 2nd Team, Abrahamsohn paced the Sailfish in scoring for the second consecutive season. A junior from Pacifica, California, Abrahamsonhn notched 12 goals and three assists while consistently providing the Fish with a dangerous offensive weapon. Abrahamsohn also netted a team-leading three game-winning goals on the season.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the 2007 campaign for the Sailfish is the fact that the team loses only three seniors and brings back a solid core group of returning players.
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