Lady Fish Produce Labor Day Victory to Remain Undefeated
September 7, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director
SEARCY, Ark.- Once again putting together two goals in each half, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team closed out a successful weekend trip to Arkansas with a Labor Day victory over Harding University improving their season and trip record to 2-0. Freshman Juliet Waller tallied two more goals while junior Angie Kuhn chipped in a pair of assists.
With weather worries no longer an issue after torrential rain had hit the Little Rock, Arkansas region over the past few days, the women’s team opened up what would be a PBA-HU soccer double-header on Monday evening as they took down the Bison ladies squad by a final tally of 4-2.
While the score proved PBA to be a two goal victor, the game was much tighter than the final score indicated as the Fish added an insurance score with seven seconds remaining in the contest.
It was the Bisons in fact who got on the board first as Minnie Guzman made a pass to Tabitha McReynolds who bombed away from around 35 yards out to claim the first goal of her season and put the home-standing Lady Bisons up 1-0.
Quick to recover, the Sailfish would respond just 37 seconds later as Kuhn sent a cross in from the right which connected with the head of Waller who quickly tied the game at one goal apiece. Waller would add in a second goal in the 18th minute when sophomore Julia Vezina took a pass from the defensive backfield all the way up the field to find a streaking Waller who nailed a beautiful goal with a long left-footed strike.
That would be all the scoring the first-half would display as both teams battled back and forth in the first 45 minutes of the contest. Harding actually held the shot advantage with a 6-5 lead in the first-half with PBA freshman goalkeeper Kayla Webb stopping five shots on goal.
The second-half would once again feature some scoring opportunities for both squads as McReynolds tied the game seven minutes into the second half at exactly the 52 minute mark of the game. Megan Przeczewski found McReynolds for her second goal of the game in a scramble around the goal.
The next 22 minutes wouldn’t provide a score by either team despite some rallies by both. Freshman Jennie Weil took a steal on the defensive end all the way in for the score at just under the 70th minute for what would turn out to be the game-winning goal, the first of her young collegiate career.
Sophomore Michele Kappas took care of the final goal just before the final whistle on another cross from Kuhn.
Hannah Douglas took the loss for Harding in goal as she stopped two saves while allowing all four goals. Webb is now 2-0 in her early career as she totaled seven saves. PBA won the shots battle 11-9 while both teams tied in corner kicks with five. The Fish were whistled for one more foul at 6-5.
PBA will now head back to South Florida where they will prepare for a Friday, September 11th showdown with NCAA Division I, Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers, Florida at 7 p.m.