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Rollins Opens SSC Play on Saturday, Hosting FIT

Rollins Opens SSC Play on Saturday, Hosting FIT

Matchup:

Rollins (4-2) vs. Florida Tech (3-2-1)

When:

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 4:30 p.m.

Where:

Barker Family Stadium - Winter Park, Fla.

The Tars will look for their third win in a row, opening up SSC play on Saturday against Florida Tech. Fans that can't make it to the game can follow live stats and watch live HD video on the Geico Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com.

ROLLINS AT A GLANCE: Last time out, the Tars jumped out to a two-goal lead on fifth-ranked Lynn and held on late last Saturday night, eventually securing a 2-1 upset victory. Alexis Martinez and Grant Blackhurst both scored in the win while freshman Matt Volk picked up his first two assists in his Rollins career.

In goal, freshman Julian Grundler played in best game in his short career, finishing with a career high, eight saves.

Coming into the weekend, Blackhurst and senior Rob Crowley are tied for ninth in the SSC in points (7), while Crowley and Brett Durrance are tied for eighth in the conference in goals, both with three. Blackhurst is tied for third in the SSC in assists with three.

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 279-132-24 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.

FLORIDA TECH AT A GLANCE: The Panthers have been off since last Saturday when they picked up a 3-0 victory over Eckerd at Rick Stottler Field. Seniors Jeremy Tilley and Drake Hillman, along with sophomore Adin Kavara, recorded the goals in the match for the Panthers. Freshman Evan Enders earned his first collegiate point when he assisted on Hillman's goal.

In goal, junior keeper Mitch Thorn recorded his second clean sheet of the season.

Kavara enters the weekend ranked second in the SSC with six goals. Freshman Josh Thomas is tied for the lead in assists with four.

Former Florida Tech men's soccer standout Robin Chan is now in his 10th season at FIT. During this time, the program has grown steadily back to a Sunshine State Conference championship contender. The 2012 Panthers finished with a 10-4-3 overall record, which has been the highest single season win total under Chan.

LAST MEETING: Rollins squared off with FIT twice in 2013, winning both meetings by a combined score of 6-0.

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS: Rollins will host Florida Southern in an SSC match on Wednesday, October 1st at 4:30 p.m.

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