Never Tasted so Sweet! Sharks Headed to Sweet 16 for First Time in Program History

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – For head coach Matt Watts and the Nova Southeastern men’s soccer team, the magical season lives on. Behind a Milos Christoforou goal in the 74th minute, and a sound defensive effort, the Sharks upset the nation’s No. 2 team in Palm Beach Atlantic for the second time in 11 days to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP 
Score: Nova Southeastern 1, Palm Beach Atlantic 0
Records: Nova Southeastern 15-3-2, Palm Beach Atlantic 13-3
Location: Rinker Athletic Campus | West Palm Beach, Fla.  
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HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • The Sharks were the first to muster any sort of scoring chances on Sunday, registering four shot attempts before the Sailfish managed to tally their first in the 24th minute.
  • PBA forced the pressure on NSU’s backline, putting shots on goal in the 29th and 30th minutes. Like he has for much of the postseason, though, NSU keeper Alberto Ciroi proved up to the challenge, making stops on both, including a kick-save with his right foot to keep the match scoreless. 
  • The Sailfish produced one final attack in the closing seconds of the half, yet Ciroi was there once again, collecting his fourth save within the opening 45 minutes to send the Sharks into halftime still tied at 0-0.
  • The defenses controlled play at the start of the second half, as PBA recorded the only two shots through the first 28:06 after the break.
  • Tino Miguez notched NSU’s first attempt in the 74th minute, missing wide left.
  • The opportunity evidently sparked the Sharks, however, with Miguez leading the attack less than a minute later. Moving down the right wing, Miguez found Christoforou, who took one dribble and then fired a rocket off a sliding PBA defender and into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal.
  • NSU looked to add some insurance with a pair of on-target attempts by both Nick Brisevac and Christoforou, only to be turned away in the 77th and 85th minutes.
  • One final last-ditch effort by PBA sailed wide in the 90th minute before NSU could finally exhale with its Round of 32 victory in grasp.

UP NEXT  
NSU will receive some much-needed rest before heading to Young Harris, Ga. to take on Chowan on Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. The Hawks upset West Florida by a wild, 13-12 margin in penalty kicks on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16. For complete coverage throughout the NCAA Tournament, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com, or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MSoccer.
 
 

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