WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 23, 2012) - In a crucial South Region contest, 14th ranked Rollins defeated Palm Beach Atlantic Tuesday afternoon, 4-2.
Rollins took the early lead courtesy of a header by freshman Walker Hume 18th minute. Sophomore Skylar Russell was credited with the assist, serving a corner kick far post to the head of Hume, who headed just inside the post for his fifth goal of the season.
"Just like we practiced all week long," assistant coach Graeme Jaap explained after the game. "We stressed set pieces for a substantial amount of time all week and it paid off.”
In the 40th minute, junior Alex Bisbee added to the deficit, collecting a misplay by Sailfish keeper Steven Bush and burying it inside the far post. Bush mishandled the ball played in to the top of the box by senior Daniel Salazar, leaving the open net for Bisbee. The goal was Bisbee's fourth on the year.
PBA cut the deficit in half just before halftime when junior Kenny Hogg recorded his NCAA Division II leading, 20th goal of the season. Hogg received the pass from junior Evan Singlar inside the left side of the box and snuck it inside the near post, just outside the diving reach of Rollins keeper Keneil Baker.
The Tars answered after the half in the 59th minute on sophomore Rob Crowley's team leading eighth goal of the season. Freshman Grant Blackhurst set up the play when he beat multiple Sailfish defenders down the left side before he found Crowley six yards out who slotted it past Bush for the goal.
Rollins extended the lead just three minutes later when Blackhurst once again was credited with the assist, tracking down a loose ball in the right corner before serving it into the box to senior Joe Crowley who deflected it in the open net.
The Sailfish added their second goal in garbage time when Evan Singlar scored on a low ground ball shot from 25 yards out in the 88th minute.
Baker registered three saves in the win, playing all 90 minutes in goal.
The Tars finish up their regular season Saturday, Oct. 27th when they host Florida Southern. Fans can follow along with all the action live on the Tars sports network at RollinsSports.com.