Rollins (1-1-0) – 1
Lee University (1-1-0) – 0
Cleveland, Tenn. (September 3, 2017) – Playing their second game in three days, the Tars were set to take on regional opponent Lee University. Rollins and Lee battled back and forth all game, before a brilliant cross from Karina Santin found Yaya Mbengue in the 58th minute, to give the tars their first victory on a young season. Rollins improves to 1-1-0 in 2017, while the Flames fall to 1-1-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half: The Tars looked the more aggressive side in the opening minutes, trying to push the tempo and find an early goal. Both the Tars and the Flames would trade spells of possession and chances throughout the half. The Tars would force the Flames goalkeeper Haley Gribler into five first half saves, but could not find the back of the net. However, the best chance of the half went to the Flames, when they had a shot come off the crossbar, before the Tars were able to clear it out of danger. The Tars would head into halftime with five shots on target, to just the Flames two, but the Flames were outshooting the Tars, 9-8.
Second Half: Coming out of the half, this time it was the Flames who would push to try and find the crucial early goal. Lee had a couple of half chances, but the Tars defense was up for the challenge, as the game remained scoreless. The game's opening goal would finally come for the Tars in the 58th minute. Santin received a throw in and turned inside, she then placed a low cross at the penalty spot, where it found a sliding Mbengue to go ahead, 1-0. The Tars didn't take their foot off the gas, and they scored just two minutes later. However, the referee and his assistant had to discuss the call before deciding to disallow the goal due to an offside call on the Tars. For the last 30 minutes of the game, the Tars defense stayed strong, and Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Rowswell recorded seven saves on the day, as well as her first clean sheet of the campaign.
- Rollins is now 3-0 all-time against Lee University
- This was Mbengue's firt goal as a Tar, after transferring from Northeast Texas CC
- Santin also recorded her first points as a Tar, with her first collegiate assist
- Head Coach Alicia Schuck recorded her 84th win at the helm of the Rollins women's soccer team
The Tars will return to Winter Park for a matchup with Minnesota Crookston. The Tars welcome will welcome the Eagles in the home opener, scheduled for Saturday, September 9, at 7 p.m.
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