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Rollins to Host ERAU on Wednesday

Rollins to Host ERAU on Wednesday

Matchup:

Rollins (2-2) at (0-0-2) Embry-Riddle

When:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 7 p.m.

Where:

Barker Family Stadium - Winter Park, Fla.

The Tars look to return to their winning ways on Wednesday, hosting NAIA Embry-Riddle. Fans that can't make it to the game can follow live stats and watch live video on the Geico Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com.

ROLLINS AT A GLANCE: In their last time out, then No. 3 Rollins led Alabama-Huntsville twice on Sunday afternoon but twice UAH pulled even and eventually won in overtime, stunning the third-ranked Tars, by a final score of 3-2.

The Tars come into Wednesday's game narrowly outscoring opponents, 7-6, on the season but are outshooting opponents 66-43.

Offensively, senior captain Rob Crowley leads the team with three goals and has added an assist for a team high, seven points. Four players have chipped in one goal each while Tosan Popo leads the team with two assists.

In goal, freshman Julian Grundler has registered a goals against average of 1.46 with nine saves and one shutout.

The winningest coach in Rollins soccer history, Dr. Keith Buckley is in his 24th year at the helm of the Tars program in 2014. His career record of 277-132-24 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 won four Sunshine State Conference Championships, three SSC tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament eight times.

EMBRY-RIDDLE AT A GLANCE: The Eagles have played 40 extra minutes of soccer through their first two games of 2014, but still wait that first victory of the season. ERAU has battled NCAA II Flagler and Barry to 2-2 (2OT) draws with both games featuring goals in the final 10 seconds to send them to extra time.

Veit Couturier leads the Eagles with a pair of goals and an assist, including the game-tying score on Saturday against Barry with nine seconds left in regulation. Newcomers Daniel Gylfason and Moriba Ballah have each scored once while Gylfason and fellow freshman Lewis Blackmore have added assists.

In goal, Nila Carlson has saved 16 shots including a crucial penalty kick attempt in the first overtime on Saturday. Carlson's 246 career saves ranks fourth all-time in ERAU history, just 27 behind Rui Pereira for third on the all-time list.

Head Coach Dave Gregson is in his 21st season at Embry-Riddle in 2014, and the Eagles' manager holds distinction amongst his NAIA peers. Gregson's 233 victories at ERAU rank 14th on the NAIA's active coaching list, while his .649 winning percentage ranks 10th amongst those coaches.

THE SERIES: Rollins defeated ERAU, 5-1, to open the 2013 season with senior Philip Schad leading the way with two goals.

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS: The Tars will host No. 6 Lynn for a nonconference match at Barker Family Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20th at 7 p.m.

NOTES: The Eagles will close out their NAIA program history in the 2014 season as the Embry-Riddle Athletic Department will begin transitioning to NCAA II and the Sunshine State Conference. 2014-15 marks Candidacy Year One for the Embry-Riddle program, followed by Candidacy Year Two in 2015-16 and Provisional Membership in 2016-17.

If Embry-Riddle continues to meet all of the NCAA and SSC requirements, the Eagles will become full-fledged members of the NCAA II and the Sunshine State Conference in 2017-18.

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