By Matt Green
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Palm Beach Atlantic's Juliet Waller scored nine minutes into the first overtime period to lift her Sailfish to a 1-0 victory over Shorter University in women's soccer action at the Flagler Kick-Off Tournament in St. Augustine, Fla., on Saturday afternoon.
Palm Beach Atlantic improves to 2-0 on the season while the Lady Hawks fall to 0-2. Shorter dropped a 4-0 decision to tournament host Flagler College on Thursday night before suffering Saturday's overtime defeat.
After the two teams traded blows throughout a scoreless up-and-down first 90 minutes, Waller snuck the game winner by Shorter goalkeeper Taylor Hays with the help of a fortunate bounce.
In the 99th minute, Waller, who fired four of Palm Beach Atlantic's 22 shots on the day, made a 20 yard run through Shorter's defense to get in position for an attempt on frame. Her shot glanced off the right goal post and into the back of the net, sending the Sailfish to their second straight golden goal victory to open the 2012 season -- Palm Beach Atlantic topped Catawba 1-0 in overtime on Thursday.
For the Lady Hawks, seeking their first result as an NCAA Division II program, it was a strong effort that came up just short.
Kelli Davis and Brandi Greenwald fired four shots apiece on the afternoon while all three of Aline Bez Tamiosso's attempts were on target. Shorter earned four corner kicks for the match, including a last gasp effort with just over 20 seconds left in regulation, but never could find the finishing touch and is still in search of its first goal of the 2012 campaign.
Palm Beach Atlantic held a 22-14 advantage in shots, but both teams managed to put six shots on frame. Hays, Shorter's all-time leader in career saves, added to her record total with five against the Sailfish, fending off several promising opportunities for Palm Beach Atlantic in the process.
Sailfish goalie Allison Fox made five stops as well and Palm Beach Atlantic's Ashley Shoaf led all players with six shots.
The Lady Hawks return to the pitch on Friday, September 7 when they travel to Livingston, Ala., for a date with new Gulf South Conference rival West Alabama. The match, which will be recorded as a non-conference contest, is set to begin at 6 pm.