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Rollins Battles Back to Defeat NSU in OT

Rollins Battles Back to Defeat NSU in OT
WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 15, 2014) -

After finding themselves in a 3-0 hole at the half, the Tars fought all the way back to force overtime, eventually downing the Nova Southeastern Sharks, 4-3.

With the win, Rollins moves to 7-4-1 on the year and 3-2-1 in conference play. Nova SE falls to 5-4-1 on the year and 2-3 in the SSC.

The Tars outshot the Sharks 20-13 for the game, including 17-5 in the second half after being outshot 8-2 in the opening period.

Four different players scored for Rollins in the win, Rob Crowley scored his team leading, fourth of the year while Tomas Coulter, Tosan Popo and Skyler Russell each added their first of the season. Matt Volk chipped in a pair of assists Coulter, Crowley, Alexis Martinez and Grant Blackhurst each adding one.

In goal, the reigning SSC Defensive Player of the Week, Parker Sweeney, played every minute, finishing with three saves.

After a sluggish first half, where Nova SE scored goals in the 13th minute, the 36th minute and then in the 39th minute, Rollins stepped up the offensive pressure right out of the halftime break.

First Crowley collected a deflection near the top of the box and ripped a shot past Nova keeper Andrea Giombetti, finally putting the Tars on the board in the 48th minute.

Coulter would then cut the Sharks lead in half, settling a cross from Volk and beat Giombetti inside the post in the 51st minute before Popo pulled Rollins all the way back eight minutes later, heading home his first goal of the year from the middle of the six yard box.

With the score tied 3-3, the match would head to overtime where Russell put the finishing touches on the thrilling comeback just three and half minutes in, taking a one touch pass from Blackhurst in the box and beat Giombetti inside the post.

Rollins will be back in action on Saturday, October 18th when they travel to Eckerd. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Fans that can't make it to the game, can follow live stats through links provided on

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