The Nova Southeastern men’s soccer team (5-3-1, 2-2-0) won its second consecutive Sunshine State Conference match Wednesday, taking down the Barry Buccaneers (4-4-1, 1-2-0) 1-0 at the NSU Soccer Complex.
The Sharks had a back-and-forth battle with Barry in the first half, but neither team scored before halftime despite deadly shots from both sides.
Sophomore forward Victor Nirennold drew the attention from Barry and the large home crowd with his aggressive play at the start of the match. He took four shots in the half, with two on target that forced big saves from goalkeeper Jimmy McGregor.
In the 58th minute, Nova defender Matthias Bruno sent a ball all the way forward from the back line to a streaking Nirennold.
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The striker kicked the ball toward the goal from close range. McGregor made his eighth save on the night, but Nirennold took the rebound and put the Sharks ahead 1-0.
Nova Southeastern battled twice to cut the lead to one goal but fell short in a 3-2 loss to No.9 Barry at the NSU Soccer Complex.
Barry (6-1-1, 3-0-0 SSC) remained undefeated in conference play on the strength of two close goals midway through the first half, and it never relinquished that lead.
Both goals came off the foot of junior Lavinia Nkomo, and both were second-chance opportunities.
Barry University’s volleyball team tested No.22 Palm Beach Atlantic before losing 26-24, 24-26, 25-12, 25-17.
Barry’s win in the second set marked just the fifth set the Sailfish have dropped all season. But the unbeaten Sailfish turned it up a notch in the third set, and Barry could not steal another set.
The Sailfish raced out to an 11-2 lead on Melissa Buckingham’s ace in the third set. Barry sub Amanda Brill’s dig and assist set up Jayla Trombley for a kill to pull the Buccaneers within 15-9. But the Bucs couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way as the Sailfish took a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, Ivana Didanovic’s kill helped the Bucs cut PBA’s lead to 10-8. A Barry attack error gave the Sailfish a 15-9 lead before a Bucs timeout. Kristina Boncheva’s kill cut the deficit to 15-11. Tashalyn Begon’s putaway kept the Bucs within four, 18-14. But the Sailfish closed it out to stay unbeaten.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers found themselves down 2-0 in the 43rd minute against the Tampa Bay Rowdies but scored two goals in the final three minutes of the half and scored a third goal in the second half to steal the three points with a 3-2 win on their first of three road matches in 11 days.
Shawn Chin entered in the 42nd minute and added a spark to the offense, scoring the game-winning goal and adding two assists.