DENVER, Colo. (August 31, 2012) - Unbeaten in their only exhibition match, the No. 24 Tars travel to Denver, Colo. to play Metro State on Saturday, Sept. 1 for their 2012 season opener.
The Tars and the Roadrunners are set for a 3 p.m. start on the campus of Metro State. Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com, which includes live audio and stats. Android users can listen live on the Rollins Sports app - an Apple version will be released soon. All mobile users can access live stats at TarsStats.com.
The Tars were voted the pre-season favorite to win the Sunshine State Conference crown after a 2011 season where they posted a 14-3-2 record, finishing runner-up in the Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament. They earned a fourth straight No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II South Region tournament in 2011 and the right to host.
Heading into its second season under head coach Alicia Milyak Schuck, Rollins landed 24th in the first NSCAA Division II ranking of 2012.
The Tars return eight starters from a year ago, led by seniors Anita Cox and Ali Schrader. Cox will anchor a defense that rolled off a school record 10 straight shutouts to start last season while Schrader enters the year ranked 10th all-time in goals scored with 16.
With nearly the entire team returning, expectations are high for Metro State after going 12-7-1 overall and 8-5-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), reaching the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season.
The Roadrunners return 10 starters from the 2011 team, losing only their goalkeeper Danielle Quigley. Head Coach Adrianna Almaraz returns eight of her top-10 scorers from a year ago.
Headlining the returners are sophomore forwards Karisa Price (eight goals, four assists, 20 points) and Abby Rolph (10 goals, three assists, 23 points).