Men's Soccer Struggles in Sloppy Outing Versus Florida Tech

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director

Cheyne Roberts (Pictured) and His Sailfish Teammates Battled FIT on Saturday in Field Soaked Conditions. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Cheyne Roberts (Pictured) and His Sailfish Teammates Battled FIT on Saturday in Field Soaked Conditions. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Amidst some very soggy conditions at Magic Jack Field on Saturday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer team battled Florida Tech in what was a typical NCAA South Region contest between two gifted teams. On this day however, the Panthers would be the victors as they utilized a penalty kick goal and a rebound header in the first-half to claim a 2-0 road victory.

Armed with a national ranking of #25 in the nation and also coming off a tough 1-0 loss earlier in the week  to Nova Southeastern University, the Panthers (4-1-0) had revenge on their minds as they battled the Fish for 90 minutes.

Having beaten the Panthers the last two seasons including a 3-2 victory in Melboune last year, the Sailfish appeared to match up well with FIT. Unfortunately for the Sailfish, the Panthers would take advantage of Nicolas Garcia being tripped just inside the box as Garcia easily converted on a penalty kick score just under 20 minutes into the game.

FIT would score again just three minutes later as a shot from Garcia glanced off PBA senior goalkeeper Joe Yurchak’s hands and back to Garcia for an easy head-in goal.

While both teams would swap some close misses at the goal, neither team would score the remainder of the game as the Panthers gladly took home a 2-0 victory against the Fish.

Derrick Hackett earned the victory in goal for PBA as he has allowed only three goals in five games to start the 2009 season. Hackett made only two saves as his backline kept away many attempts by the Sailfish offense.

Yurchak on the other side was tested often and made a number of solid saves while taking his first loss of the season as PBA drops to 3-1-0.

A tight game throughout including in terms of statistics as PBA was whistled for 10 fouls compared to that of nine by the Panthers while FIT made seven corner kicks to PBA’s three corner kicks. FIT also held the shots advantage as they finished with 16 shots and the Fish had 12 shots.

The Sailfish will next turn their attention to a Tuesday, September 15th matchup with St. Thomas University as the Fish will battle the Bobcats in Miami Gardens, Florida at approximately 3:30 p.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience  of having no broadcast or live statistics available today as the hard rain showers caused the services to be unavailable.

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