Sport Shorts, Nov. 9, 2018

The Sharks’s season ended this past Thursday when they lost 2-1 against Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish in the Sunshine State Conference Semi-Final. The first half of the game had little scoring with a combined nine shots. Junior goalkeeper Titouan Le Roux had the only save of the period at minute 33, and the Sailfish had another shot that bounced off the crossbar just three minutes later. In minute 51, the Sharks came very close to taking the lead. The Sailfish keeper was unable to block the shot, but the defense came to the rescue and saved the ball just inches from the line. 20 minutes later, the Sharks did take the lead when graduate student Jan Luca Ahillen kicked a corner kick to graduate student Curtis Thorn, who then headed it into the goal. The Sailfish came back strong, tying the match with just under four and a half minutes left in the game with a free kick. With just under one minute left, the Sailfish were awarded a free kick in the box. The initial kick was blocked by the defensive line, but the ball started bouncing around the box, allowing the Sailfish to send the ball into the net with just 39 seconds remaining in the game.

Women’s Soccer

The Sharks advance to the SSC Finals with a shutout 3-0 against Rollins last Thursday. The game started out slow offensively, with the first shot not coming until almost 15 minutes into the game. The Sharks had the first quality scoring chance when in the 21 minute sophomore Adanna Edwards passed to an unguarded junior Hannah Christophe. Unfortunately, the volley attempt would sail high and out of bounds. In the 41 minute, senior Jemma House led the offensive end for the Sharks by making a long run from the midfield line to the 18-yard box. A Rollins defender tried to block her initial shot attempt, but House was able to get the rebound and score the first goal of the game and her seventh goal of the season. With 33 seconds until half-time, the Sharks were awarded with a free kick. Junior Emma Heikkila served a lofted ball which settled at the feet of freshmen Brianna Paige, who scored a low shot that just slipped past the Rollins keeper. During the second half, the Sharks weren’t worried about the threat of Rollins, so they kept pushing forward. In minute 60, Edwards passed the ball off to Christophe, who then dribbled to the corner. She played a well-timed coss to House, who headed the ball into the goal for the winning score of 3-0.

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