THOMASVILLE, Ga.- (September 12, 2010)- The Rollins College women's soccer team took advantage of early opportunities to seal a 3-0 victory over the Thomas University Night Hawks, earning their first shutout of the season. The Tars advance to 3-1 on the season, while Thomas drops to an overall mark of 2-3.
Rollins did its damage in the first half, scoring all three goals within the first 17 minutes of action. Brenna McKee, Meagan Thomas and Ali Schrader tallied the goals, while Ashley Waplinger picked up two assists to aid the attack.
McKee ignited the scoring spree in the third minute with a nifty chip shot over the head of the keeper to start the scoring for Rollins. Rollins was on the attack again after scoring the first goal and the relentless pressure led to Thomas collecting her goal in the 12th minute, off a deflection on the corner kick from Waplinger.
Rollins waited another five minutes before scoring the last tally of the afternoon courtesy of Schrader, who ripped a shot over the keepers head off a nice feed from Waplinger.
"We were very opportunistic early-on, scoring three goals on our first five chances of the game," said head coach Patrick Baker. "After that, we were just okay, we didn't look sharp. It was great for Brenna to score her first collegiate goal, and Meagan continues to be dangerous on set pieces. Ali's strike from far out was a well-taken goal, and she has proven that it's something she can do on a regular basis. With that being said, we collectively knew we did not play to our full potential. We let a wonderful opportunity slip through our fingers."
With sufficient numbers on the scoreboard, the Tars continued to press the Night Hawks in all areas of the field, but were unable to capitalize on opportunities in the box. Rollins cracked 18 shots throughout the contest, while Thomas struggled with three, only finding the frame on one, which was easily saved by Rollins goalkeeper Michelle Dillingham.
Baker concluded, "I mentioned to the team that there were three positives that came out of the game: we won, we earned our first shutout, and everyone stayed healthy. We have showed improvement from each game up until this point, but today we took a step back. Our group has tremendous potential, and we need to work hard in training this week as we prepare for our our home opener on Thursday."
Rollins ends an almost two week long road trip, and returns home to prepare for their first home game of the season on Thursday, September 16. The Tars host Northwood University, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field.
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