No. 3 Rollins (1-1) at No. 18 West Florida (1-0)
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:30 p.m.
UWF Soccer Complex - Pensacola, Fla.
Rollins will hit the road on Friday, traveling to Pensacola to for a battle with No. 18 West Florida on Friday night. Fans that can't make it to the game, can follow live stats and watch live video through links on RollinsSports.com.
ROLLINS AT A GLANCE: The third-ranked Tars look to rebound from suffering a 2-1 loss on Tuesday at Flagler. Rollins held a 1-0 lead at half after senior Rob Crowley scored his second goal of the season but, thanks to a controversial call where goalkeeper Julian Grundler was whistled for a foul in the box, Flagler would tie it a 1-1 midway through the second period after a PK and then take the lead with just over ten minutes left and held on for the upset.
Crowley leads the team with his two goals with Brett Durrance and Grant Blackhurt each have one on the young season. Four players are tied for the team lead with one assist.
Grundler has played every minute in goal in his first season as a Tar, allowing three goals in two games and has made four saves.
The winningest coach in Rollins soccer history, Dr. Keith Buckley enters his 24th year at the helm of the Tars program in 2014. His career record of 276-131-24 is the 34th best in the history of NCAA Division II men's soccer and ranks 21st among active coaches. In the past decade, Buckley's Tars have posted a record of 146-52-14, won four Sunshine State Conference Championships, three SSC tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament eight times.
WEST FLORIDA AT A GLANCE: UWF remained ranked in the top 25 in the first National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll of the regular season, holding at No. 18 after coming off a weekend where they defeated Trevecca Nazarene University 5-0 at home and had their game against NAIA opponent William Carey University, canceled due to rain. Four different Argos scored in the win, and the UWF defense limited the Trojans to just three shots on goal.
UWF got on the board first in the 34th minute, as freshman Tristan Rehrig scored thanks to an assist by fellow freshman Chandler Castleman. Felipe Oliveira then made it a 2-0 advantage for UWF after a give-and-go with Ethan Judice in the 44th minute.
The Argos added three more goals in the second half, with Marteinn Urbancic, Oliveira adding his second and Judice scoring his first of the year to secure the 5-0 victory.
Head Coach Bill Elliott is in his 20th season at the helm of the UWF men's soccer program this season. In 19 seasons Elliott has compiled a record of 225-97-33 (.682) and has captured nine Gulf South Conference championship titles. Elliott has also led the program to six NCAA Tournament appearances and one NCAA Championship appearance.
LAST MEETING: Rollins and UWF last met in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2013, with the Tars defeating the Argos, 4-1. Walker Hume scored twice to lead fourth-ranked Rollins to the win and a berth into the NCAA Quarterfinal.
NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS: The Tars will take a short break before playing Alabama-Huntsville in Pensacola on Sunday, September 14th at 1:00 p.m. EST.