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Rollins to Host No. 3 Saint Leo on Sunday

Rollins to Host No. 3 Saint Leo on Sunday

Matchup:

Rollins (5-4-1, 1-2-1 SSC) at No. 3 Saint Leo (7-0-2, 3-0-0 SSC)

When:

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 6 p.m. *Note - Date/Time Change

Where:

Barker Family Stadium - Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins will play their second top-10 opponent in a row on Friday night, hosting No. 3 Saint Leo. Fans that can't make it to the game, can watch all the action live in high definition on the Geico Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com


ROLLINS AT A GLANCE: Last time out, behind by a goal twice, the Tars twice fought back to tie ninth-ranked Lynn, with the game eventually ending in a draw, 2-2. Matt Volk and Brett Durrance both scored for the Tars with Marten Mueller and David Kuckkahn chipping in assists. Durrance extends his already team leading total to six. In goal, Julian Grundler allowed the two goals and collected six saves before leaving due to injury in the first period of extra time. Parker Sweeney replaced Grundler and finished with one save in his collegiate debut.

Through 10 games, Rollins is outshooting opponents, 156-144, and are averaging 1.90 goals per game, good for fourth in the SSC, outscoring opponents 15-9 in the second half. They also sit second in the conference in total assists (22) and assists per game (2.20).

Individually, Durrance's six goals ties him for third in the SSC while Rob Crowley and Grant Blackhurst are tied for 11th with three goals each. Senior Skyler Russell owns the team lead in assists with nine, tied for the most in the conference.

In goal, Grundler has posted a goals against average of 1.54 through 10 games and is second in the SSC with 42 saves.

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 280-134-25 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.

SAINT LEO AT A GLANCE: Last time out, third-ranked Saint Leo made easy work of Palm Beach Atlantic on Tuesday evening, defeating the Sailfish by a final score of 3-0 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Three different Lions scored en route to the win, led by Tobias Runowski who tallied his first of the season in the first half at the 28:20 mark. In goal, Manuel Schoenhuber earned his seventh shutout of the season.

Saint Leo enters Friday sixth in the SSC in scoring offense, averaging 1.56 goals per game but are first in goals allowed, surrendering just 0.32 goals per match.

Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel leads the team in both goals and assists, with three of each, for nine points. Melvin Agyei Boateng, Brandon Rivera and Bafou Sanogo are all tied for second on the team with two goals apiece.

Schoenhuber leads the SSC in goals against average (0.32), save percentage (.897) and shutouts.

Keith Fulk is now in his third season at the helm for Saint Leo. Fulk helped lead the Lions to an impressive 13-2-2 record and a perfect 7-0-1 record in conference play during the 2013 season en route to a Sunshine State Conference Championship that aided the Lions in reaching the NCAA South Region Tournament for the first time since 2005. For his efforts, Fulk was named the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year as the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year.

LAST MEETING: Rollins lost the last meeting between the two schools, 4-3, in double overtime in the final game of the 2013 regular season.

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS: The Tars will host Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, October 15th at 7 p.m.

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