Men's Soccer Closes Out Season With Solid Result at the NCCAA Tournament
December 6, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- While the outcome may not have been what they wanted exactly, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team still came away with a solid overall performance at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national tournament as they finished 2-1 in tournament play. The Fish closed out the tournament with a 4-1 victory on Saturday against Trinity International University.
Palm Beach Atlantic (13-7-1) finishes their campaign with yet another solid record while competing against some of the fiercest competition in out of the NCAA South Region.
With their victory over TIU (8-11-2), the Fish have followed up their solid 2007 season where they finished 14-4-2 and the national runner-up at the NCCAA tournament a year ago with another solid finish in 2008.
PBA jumped ahead early in their contest with two quick goals in the first-half while holding back the Trinity International attack in the second-half while chipping in a pair of late goals to seal the victory.
Junior Cheyne Roberts tallied the first goal in the 8th minute as he rebounded his own shot that hit the post to give the Fish the early lead. TIU would respond however with their own goal via a direct kick from Travis Bacon in the 10th minute to knot the score.
Roberts once again responded with another goal after a corner kick bounced around the box. This game-winning goal came in the 15th minute as his second goal of the day capped the first-half scoring and sent the Fish into the lockeroom with a 2-1 halftime lead.
After defensive play dominated the early portion of the second-half, the Fish got back into the scoring column in the 71st minute as sophomore Kyle Crouse received a cross from teammate Juan Villagrana to give the team a bit more of a cushion heading into the later stages of the contest.
For good measure, senior Daniel Abrahamsohn, in his final game in a Sailfish uniform, collected an unassisted goal just one minute later from Crouse’s score to close out the scoring at 4-1.
Junior Joe Yurchak started in goal once again for the Sailfish and came away with one save while posting his 13th victory of the season.
With the season now complete having stretched from early August until the first week of December, head coach Jose Gomez will now hit the recruiting trail as he is losing six seniors to graduation from a class that has produced a long list of firsts for not only the program but for the school.
Trent Hammon, Daniel Abrahamsohn, Jerris Gay, Nick Rasek, Caleb Roberts, and Dan Dodge all played their final tournaments as Sailfish.