Men's Soccer Comes Away with Dominating Effort at NCCAA Regional
November 21, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Welcoming in North Greenville University for the opening game of the men’s soccer National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional tournament, the #1-seeded Palm Beach Atlantic University squad came away with a season-high five goal effort against the #4-seeded Crusaders as the Fish cruised to a 5-0 victory.
Hosting the tournament for the first time, the Sailfish welcomed in a large gathering at Magic Jack Field as they took on North Greenville Friday in the early afternoon.
After three goals in the first-half staked the Fish to a comfortable lead, the defense along with junior goalkeeper Joe Yurchak completed the shutout in the second-half while tagging on two more scores for the 5-0 victory.
Opening things up for the Fish was senior Daniel Abrahamsohn who was fed a through ball up the middle in the 25th minute from teammate Cheyne Roberts which allowed Abrahamsohn to side step the goalie for the score and a PBA 1-0 lead.
Just short of the 34th minute came the next PBA goal as junior Johnathon Clark dribbled through the Crusaders defense and blasted home the unassisted goal.
Now set with a more comfortable 2-0 lead, it would once again be a Roberts-Abrahamsohn connection with the roles reversed as Abrahamsohn found Roberts on a breakaway for another easy score.
Entering halftime, the Sailfish held an 8-5 shots lead and a 5-0 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
The second-half wouldn’t prove much luckier for the Crusaders as the Fish tacked on another pair of goals to earn the first-round victory.
Abrahamsohn added in his fourth and final point of the afternoon as he found fellow senior Dan Dodge near post for goal at the 61 minute mark.
Reserve Roberto Salas capped the scoring late in the second half at the 75th minute with an unassisted goal, his first score of the season as the Eustis, Florida native blasted the shot on an off-balanced attempt past the diving NGU keeper.
Yurchak earned the victory in goal for PBA, his tenth of the season and fourth shutout while also making two saves. Nick Williams took the defeat for NGU before giving way to teammate Dana Blackwell who played the final 28+ minutes while allowing one goal and making three saves.
PBA will take on Southern Wesleyan University in the men’s championship final after the #2-seeded Warriors downed Emmanuel College 2-1 in the second match of Friday’s competition. Game time is set for 2 pm at Magic Jack Field.