Women's Soccer Puts Forth Great Effort in Loss to Florida Gulf Coast
September 11, 2009
Written by PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
FORT MEYERS, Fla.- While their undefeated season went by the way side on Friday night, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team had to come away from their match against Florida Gulf Coast University, a NCAA Division I program, with a lot to look forward to as the season goes on. The Eagles earned the 2-0 victory.
While losses are seldom encouraging, holding a team like FGCU to only two scores despite a barrage of shots, shows the resilience and effort of this year’s Sailfish team.
A very young squad with 19 new faces to this year’s squad, the Sailfish defense would allow only two first-half goals to the Eagles before shutting out the potent FGCU offense in the second-half. Coming into the game, the Eagles (3-2-1) were riding a two-match winning streak after earning shutout victories over Army and Tennessee-Martin, and had only lost to the University of Central Florida and the University of Miami during the season.
Boca Raton native Kirsi Keenan earned the victory in goal for the Eagles as she made one save while Sailfish freshman keeper Kayla Webb dropped her first decision of her career as she made eight saves against 27 total shots for the Eagles.
Florida Gulf Coast got on the board and broke the scoreless tie 15 minutes into the contest as Olivia Elias found the back of the net after an assist from Kelli Haemelmann that she shot from near the top of the box into the upper right corner of the goal.
Adding to the lead would be Stacey Payne who was fed by Danielle Faller in the 35th minute as she made a quick move inside the box to give the Eagles all the offense they would need.
The Fish drop to 2-1-0 on the year and will now return their focus to the difficult schedule of the NCAA Division II South Region. PBA will next suit up on Wednesday, September 16th as they will travel to nearby Davie, Florida to take on Nova Southeastern University at 7:30 p.m.