WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. – On a windy night at Rinker Athletic Complex, the sixth-seeded Florida Southern College men's soccer team (5-6-5) fell to third-seeded Palm Beach Atlantic (13-2-2) in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Championships, by a 3-0 score. The Sailfish, who entered the game No. 7 in the national USC coaches poll, advances to the SSC Semifinals to play at the second-seeded Florida Tech Panthers on Thursday, November 14.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern's first good scoring opportunity occurred in the 15th minute, with junior James Meehan sending his volley towards the net, but it was deflected by a sliding defender.
- In the 20th minute, grad student Philip Faderl came out and challenged a PBA defender, cutting off a scoring chance for the Sailfish.
- Minutes later, Meehan would have another good opportunity, as midfielder Georg Michajlov played a through ball from the midfield, but Meehan's shot would again be deflected.
- Faderl would made a tremendous save shortly thereafter, as the Sailfish played the ball down the left side and into the box. A crossing pass came in front, with Faderl making the kick save, and a beauty.
- Both teams settled down, until PBA had a shot go barely high in the 39th minute.
- The Sailfish kept the pressure on, with Faderl making three saves in a span of three minutes in the waning minutes of the half.
- Through the first 45 minutes, FSC had three shots, with none on goal, while PBA had eight shots, with four on goal.
- Just 25 seconds into the second half, the 'Fish had a direct shot on goal with Faderl making a tremendous save to keep the game knotted with no score.
- In the 56th minute, the 'Fish took advantage of a FSC foul with a free kick. The ball was played into the box, where a leaping Thomas Spear one-touched the ball past Faderl for a 1-0 lead.
- In the 63rd minute, Faderl once again made a diving save to his right, turning away a strike from 15 yards out.
- With 20 minutes remaining, PBA had a three-on-two advantage on the attack. Once again, Faderl made a tremendous save, keeping the score 1-0.
- In the 71st minute, Southern managed its first shot on goal, a strike from reserve forward Ian McIntosh that required a diving save to the right of the PBA keeper.
- In the 77th minute, Faderl made a kick save in 1v1 situation, his ninth stop on the night.
- Coming right back on the attack, a PBA foul set up a free kick for Southern, with senior Jacob Ling-Vannerus sending a shot sailing high.
- In the 91st minute, the "Fish put the game away for good, scoring an insurance goal off the boot of Cadu Cusatis.
- Barely two minutes later, Cusatis scored his second goal of the night, pushing the score to 3-0.
- With four and a half minutes remaining, Ling-Vannerus thought he had a goal for the Mocs, but the play was ruled offsides.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Faderl played arguably his best game of the year for Southern, making nine saves, several from point blank range. His total was the most he made in a single game this season since his 10 save performance against Embry-Riddle in late October.
- On the night, PBA outshot FSC 19-10, and had more shots on goal, 12-1. The 'Fish also had the advantage in corner kicks, 7-3.