Rollins (3-5-1) (2-2-1)– 1
Tampa (5-2-1) (2-2-0) – 0
WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 4, 2017) – The Tars would prevail and snap their two-game skid, defeating the University of Tampa, 1-0. Shalisa Crowell would score the lone goal on the night from the penalty spot, when Kaitlin Snyder was brought down in the box by a Tampa defender. With the result, the Tars improve to 3-5-1 overall, and 2-2-1 in Sunshine State Conference play, while the Spartans drop their second straight contest, falling to 5-2-1 overall, and 2-2-0 in SSC action.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half: Both the Tars and the Spartans came out trying to find their rhythm of play, and would trade chances throughout the half. It would be the Spartans who would tally more shots in the first period, with seven to Rollins five. Tampa would also generate three corner kicks, and force sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Rowswell into three first period saves to keep the score level heading into the half.
Second Half: The Spartans came out of the locker room and looked to have turned up the pressure. However, the Tars were ready to absorb it, as they knew they could hit Tampa on the counter attack. The breakthrough for the Tars would finally come in the 75th minute, when Snyder made a diagonal run across the defense, and was then taken down in the box by a Tampa defender. The referee immediately pointed to the spot, and it was then Crowell who would step up, and convert the penalty by passing the ball into the bottom left corner. Rollins was then able to clear the ball away from pressure the last 15 minutes of the game, despite the Spartans best efforts in the half where they recorded 10 shots and six corner kicks. Rowswell would make two more huge saves in the second half to help preserve the Tars lead, as well as record her fourth clean sheet of the season.
- In the last 11 meetings, Rollins holds a firm lead against the Spartans, 7-2-2
- The Tars have recorded at least 10 shots in eight of their nine games this season
- Crowell registered her first goal of the season, and the second of her career
Rollins will travel to newly appointed full SSC member Palm Beach Atlantic, for a Sunshine State Conference match-up. The match is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, at 7 p.m.
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