Men’s Soccer Game Gets National Spotlight as Division II Showcase

The Sailfish men's soccer game against Barry University is a Division II Showcase. The team enjoys camaraderie at a previous game in this file photo.The men’s soccer game between Palm Beach Atlantic and Barry University Nov. 5 has been selected as a Division II Showcase.

It will be broadcast live on the Division II Facebook and Twitter pages, the Sunshine State Conference Digital Network, and on both the Barry and Palm Beach Atlantic Facebook pages. The NCAA Division II only selects a few events each year to be a part of the showcase.

The broadcast allows PBA to be seen by a national audience, said T.J. Budd, Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications.

Kickoff is at 7:05 p.m. at the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus in West Palm Beach. The game between two historically strong programs in the Sunshine State Conference likely will factor significantly in standings through the regular season, as well as in postseason seeding.

The Buccaneers are defending national champions, and the Sailfish are two-time Sunshine State Conference champions. The Sailfish are 5-1-1 on the season and ranked No. 14 nationally in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll. The Sailfish are led by forwards Claudio Rivadeneira and Cadu Cusatis, who have combined for six goals this season. The Buccaneers started the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason United Soccer Coaches poll but have a 1-6 record. The Buccaneers lead the series 8-5 since PBA went Division II in 2007, but the Sailfish won the last three times the schools met.

Photo: The Sailfish men's soccer game against Barry University is a Division II Showcase. The team enjoys camaraderie at a previous game in this file photo.