Wednesday, Oct. 23 – No. 2 Rollins at No. 21 Palm Beach Atlantic – 3 p.m.
No. 2 Rollins (13-0-0) heads to No. 21 Palm Beach Atlantic (7-1-1) on Wednesday for a mid-week non-conference match.
The Tars have won five out of the last six meetings between the two teams, most recently a 4-2 win last season in West Palm Beach. The Sailfish last beat the Tars in 2007 by a score of 1-0.
ROLLINS AT A GLANCE: The Tars have won 21 straight regular season games dating back to last year, most recently a 6-3 win at Nova in SSC play, which marked the fourth time this year they’ve scored at least five goals. The unbeaten streak of 13 straight to open the year is Rollins’ best since 2009 when the started the season 15-0-1.
The Tars are averaging 3.69 goals per game, a figure that ranks best is all of Division II, and have seven different players with at least three goals, led by senior Rafa Faria who has nine. Last year's leading scorer and SSC Tournament MVP Grant Blackhurst is tied with reigning SSC Offensive Player of the Week Tucker Hume for second on the team with eight goals and both have added four assists for 20 points.
The Tars also lead Division II in assists led by Skyler Russell who has eight, tops in the SSC and seventh most in the country.
Two-time All-SSC goalkeeper Keneil Baker has a 1.01 goals against average, four shutouts and 32 saves in 12 games.
PALM BEACH ATLANTIC AT A GLANCE: Loaded with many veteran players, PBA is coming off a solid 2-1 win over Florida Tech at home. The Sailfish enter Wednesday ranked second in Division II behind Rollins in three offensive categories: points per game (10.33/game), assists per game (3/game) as well as total offense (3.67 goals/game).
On the offensive side of the ball, PBA is led by senior forward Kenny Hogg. The leading goal scorer in Division II the past two seasons and the reigning Daktronics National Player of the Year currently leads the country with 3.89 points per game and is third with 15 total goals despite playing in only nine matches.
Lucas Coutinho is in his first season with Palm Beach Atlantic and is second on the team with nine goals and four assists through nine matches, including his first career hat trick at Eckerd on Oct. 12. The freshman is ranked top-10 nationally for points per game at 2.44 and goals per game (1.00/game).
In goal, Steven Bush and Austin Spagnola have split time, combining for a 1.59 goals against average with two shutouts and 43 saves.
THE COACHES: The winningest coach in Rollins soccer history, Dr. Keith Buckley is in his 23rd year at the helm of the Tars program in 2013. His career record of 271-127-24 is the 33rd best in the history of NCAA Division II men's soccer and ranks 13th among active coaches.
Jose Gomez is in his ninth season as the head coach at Palm Beach Atlantic. The Sailfish are coming off their most successful season since entering the NCAA Division II ranks in 2006 as they finished with a record of 14-4-2. The team was recognized during the season for their outstanding play and ranked as high as No. 10 in the NSCAA national rankings for the first time in program history.