Men's Soccer Endures Tough Opening Round Defeat at NCCAA National Tournament

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

The PBA Men's Soccer Team Will Compete in the Consolation Semi-Finals on Friday Evening at 5 pm. Photo Courtesy of: Kyle Bloemers. The PBA Men's Soccer Team Will Compete in the Consolation Semi-Finals on Friday Evening at 5 pm. Photo Courtesy of: Kyle Bloemers.

KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Taking on a tough opponent in Mid-Continent University in the opening round of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national tournament at Austin Tindall Park on Wednesday evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team was unable to put a goal past the Cougars defense and fell 1-0.

The #5-seeded Cougars (11-7-3) used an early second-half goal in the 46th minute to defeat the  #4-seeded Sailfish (11-7-1) as their defense held strong against a number of close scoring chances by PBA in the second-half.

Freddy Okello tallied his 17th goal of the season in the 46th minute off an assist from teammate David Otieno.

“We played really well in my eyes,” said head coach Jose Gomez.

“I felt like we gave everything we had on the field and did everything very well. They were a very quality opponent obviously and despite the loss I was proud of our team’s effort,” continued the Sailfish leader.

The Cougars held the shot advantage by leading 14-9 and forced PBA goalkeeper Joe Yurchak into five saves. MCU goalkeeper David Etale registered one save on his way to his seventh shutout of the season.

Guaranteed three games in the tournament, the Sailfish will move on to the consolation semi-finals where they will take on #8-seeded Mid-America Christian University who was defeated by #1-seeded Indiana Wesleyan University by a 7-1 count.

Kickoff is scheduled to take place at 5 pm on Field 8 on Thursday evening.

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