Tampa Falls to 5th-ranked PBA

Tampa Falls to 5th-ranked PBA

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa men's soccer team squandered the upset bid in extra time against No. 5 Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday night. The Spartans have played into extra time in four matches, however this was the first loss after regulation. 

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:

Final: No. 5 Palm Beach Atlantic 2, Tampa 1 (OT)

Records: University of Tampa Spartans (1-3-3, 1-2 SSC) vs. No. 5 Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish (8-0-0, 3-0 SSC)
Location: Pepin Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa leads 11-6-1.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED:
1st Half | Tampa struck first as Till Neumann logged his second goal of the season in the 23rd minute. Neumann corralled the ball in front of the 12 yard line, and poked a shot into the lower left corner past the diving keeper. Each team registered five total shots in the first half, and the Spartans were able to put two shots on net. 
 
2nd Half | The Spartans battled in the second half and were carried by Jake Richards who recorded four saves in the half. Following a yellow card to Ramzi Toure, PBA was granted a penalty kick but Richards stone-walled the Sailfish attacker to keep UT in the lead. In the 62nd minute, Guillermo Deal tapped a through-ball past Richards to even the score at 1-1. A through-ball was sent to the foot of Deal, who made slight contact and the ball trickled into the net. 
 
Extra Time | The Sailfish won the match on a world-class finish as a throw-in reached Jack Burrows, who settled the ball with his chest and ripped a rocket from beyond the 18 yard box, past the diving Richards
 
QUOTING COACH ADRIAN BUSH:
 
"Our players played fantastic and PBA is a class team. Overall it was our most complete performance of the season, although the result was not in our favor."
 
INSIDE THE STATS:
  • Six starters played the entire match.
  • The Spartans committed 11 fouls compared to PBA's seven. 
  • Five yellow cards were charged in the second half, three for UT and two for PBA.
UP NEXT: The University of Tampa will host No. 9 Florida Southern on Saturday night, kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
 
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