DENTON, Texas (September 6, 2010) - After falling behind 1-0 in the fourth minute of play, the thirteenth-ranked Tars turned up the heat and came back to pull out a 2-1 victory over Texas Woman's University on Monday afternoon at the TW Soccer Field. Rollins advances to 1-1 on their young season, while the Pioneers drop to an overall mark of 0-2.
Rollins felt the sting early after Emily Davila put TWU on the scoreboard first, finding a cross from Rebekah Ledet and volleying it past Tars' freshman keeper Shelby Kesic.
"Giving up a goal so early on their first shot of the game was disappointing," said head coach Patrick Baker. "But the players got together, re-grouped and started to imprint the game a bit more. Seniors Chelsea Brady and Jessica Deese did a nice job up top at the beginning, and Ali Schrader made an immediate impact when she entered the game."
After almost 30 minutes of action, Schrader found the equalizer, finding a cross from Brady for a one-touch shot past TWU goalkeeper Nori Morgan to turn up the heat. Schrader made things happen ten minutes later, capitalizing on a deflected cross to tap the ball easily into the left side to earn the game-winner in the 43rd minute.
"The goals were a total team effort," Schrader pointed out. "I couldn't have had those open opportunities if it weren't for the passes we were connecting. Finally getting some goals this weekend definitely upped the momentum and helped the energy level of the entire team."
Rollins took the initial minutes to find their stride, but kicked things into high gear and controlled the pace of the game for the majority of the contest. The Tars led the shot count 12-4, with Schrader firing off six. After leading the count 5-3 in the initial 45 minutes, the Tars kicked things into high gear in the second half, holding TWU to just one shot while they fired off seven.
The Tars committed more fouls, 8-7, but also held the Pioneers silent from the corners, leading the count 4-0. Kesic collected one save on the day after seeing a total of four shots, while Morgan made four saves for the Pioneers.
"It was important to come away with a victory today and gain some confidence in our play," added Baker. "I am very proud of our team's performance this afternoon. We showed some great character; not only in how they responded to giving up an early goal, but also in showing themselves that they can get a positive result after a disappointing opening day loss. We looked much better today than on Saturday, and and we need to show the same level of improvement going into Friday night's game in Pensacola."
With two games down after their opening weekend, Rollins prepares for another whirlwind weekend on the road as they travel to No. 2 University of West Florida on September 10, and close out the trip against Thomas University (Ga.) on the 12th. The Tars will use the upcoming days to continue to focus on improving this past weekend's play, and focus on the upcoming South Region showdown against the Argonauts.
"We looked more like a team today. Our possession was better and the movement off the ball has definitely improved. There is always a lot to work on after the opening weekend, and we'll focus on those concerns over the next few weeks. The team has another wonderful opportunity this week playing nationally ranked West Florida. It's a short week of preparation and we will need to play well."
The regional showdown against the West Florida Argos will kick off on Friday, September 10, at 6 p.m. (EST). Fans will be able to listen to all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.