No. 23 Rollins (5-1-1) – 6
Nova Southeastern (2-4-0) – 1
WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 30, 2017) – The Tars recovered, after conceding early, to power through the Nova Southeastern Sharks by a score of 6-1. Rollins controlled the game throughout, en route to their most dominating victory since 2013. The No. 23 Tars now sit at 5-1-1 on the year and 3-1-0 in Sunshine State Conference action, while the Sharks fall to 2-4-0, and 0-2-0 in SSC play.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half: The game started with an onslaught of early action. Nova Southeastern struck first, capitalizing on a counter attack, as Noel Johnson was able to dribble around Tars' keeper Julian Grundler and finish to give NSU a 1-0 lead. The advantage would not last long however; less than three minutes later defender James Winchester was pulled down going for a header in the box. The referee pointed to the spot, and it was junior captain Ben Grant who stepped up to equalize for Rollins. The Tars took the lead not two minutes later, when the Sharks' keeper Nico Rosiglioni missed a perfectly place cross by Andre Nansen, and Matt Volk was waiting on the other end. The senior battled a Nova Southeastern defender, and headed the ball in the back of the net. The two teams would hold each other scoreless for the remainder of the half, with the Tars outshooting the Sharks 6-2 over the first 45 minutes.
Second Half: Rollins picked up their pressure in the second half, and ultimately doubled their advantage in the 64th minute. George New was the beneficiary of another Nansen cross. The junior gathered the ball on the back post and slammed it passed the keeper into the far netting. With the Sharks pushing forward, Rollins opened the floodgates. In the 82nd minute Matt Volk made it 4-1 when he picked off an errant back pass, and looked up to see the keeper off his line. The St. Augustine, Florida native calmly made the 40 yard pass into the goal. Defender Fritz Engel tallied his second goal of the year in the 84th minute, impeccably redirecting a Ray Gerke corner kick, with a glancing header, and giving Rollins a 5-1 advantage. Frank Barry netted his first Rollins goal in the 89th minute to cap the Tars evening. The transfer from Greece executed an immaculate give and go with Volk, and ended the build up by sliding in to tap the ball passed Rosiglioni.
- The Tars are now 16-5-1 all time against Nova Southeastern.
- Rollins outshot the Sharks 16-4, and earned seven corner kicks against NSU's two.
- The goals by George New and Frank Barry were their first in the Blue and Gold.
- The two goals by Matt Volk were his first of the 2017 season, after leading Rollins in scoring in 2016.
- Ben Grant's finish from the penalty spot gives him five goals on the year, tied for the most in the SSC.
- Head Coach Keith Buckley moves to 311-149-30, as he is in his 27th season at the helm of the Rollins soccer program.
The Tars will now prepare for a trip down I-4 to the University of Tampa. The Tars and Spartans will kick off at Pepin Stadium on Wednesday, October 4, at 7 p.m.
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