BOCA RATON, Fla. – A 79th minute goal from senior forwardCleef Desir propelled the Sailfish to a 1-0 victory on Wednesday evening over No. 4 Lynn University. The Sailfish came into the match just two points behind the first-place Fighting Knights in the Sunshine State Conference standings, and return to West Palm Beach alone atop the standings, with their 3-0-1 record in league play.
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PBA, who leads all of NCAA Division II in goals allowed average, held the high-powered Lynn offense to just six shots on the evening, and completed their seventh shutout of the season and third in conference play. The PBA back-line of defense, anchored by goalkeeper Elliott Barker, who saved all six shots he faced on the evening, has only allowed two goals on the season. The Sailfish weathered an early flurry of Fighting Knight shots in the match, as Lynn recorded four shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of the top-10 matchup. The Sailfish defense dominated play from that point forward, only allowing two total shots in the final 70 minutes of the contest.
With time running down in the second half, Phill Cardoso took off down the left side of the field and crossed a ball into the box where Desir finished his fourth goal of the season, which leads all scorers for the Sailfish.
The schedule does not get any easier for the No. 8 ranked Sailfish, as they will travel to Winter Park on Saturday to face off with No. 17 ranked Rollins College. Kickoff for Saturday's conference match is scheduled for 7 p.m.