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Streaking Tars at Eckerd Saturday

Streaking Tars at Eckerd Saturday


Rollins (7-4-1, 3-2-1 SSC) vs. Eckerd (2-8-1, 0-3-1 SSC)


Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 7 p.m.


Turley Athletic Complex - St. Petersburg, Fla.

Riding a streak of three successful results, Rollins travels to Florida's west coast to face Eckerd Saturday night. The Tars are looking to keep pace in the conference standings while the Tritons seek a first victory in the league.

ROLLINS AT A GLANCE: Rollins last time out was an absolute thriller, a 4-3 overtime win over Nova Southeastern on Wednesday. The Tars appeared down and out after the first 45 minutes, trailing 3-0 on the home field. Less than 15 minutes into the second frame, Rollins evened the score with Skyler Russell sending the home crowd home in a frenzy with a game-winner four minutes into overtime. Rob Crowley and Tomas Coulter each recorded a goal and assist to lead Rollins.

Brett Durrance is the Tars' top-scorer, standing fourth in the conference with 13 points on six goals and an assist. Rob Crowley and Grant Blackhurst are tied for 10th in the league with 10 points.

Freshman Parker Sweeney, the reigning SSC Defensive Player of the Week, has started the last two in goal for the Tars, allowing three goals and picking up six 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 282-134-25 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.

ECKERD AT A GLANCE: The Tritons are winless in their last eight and are coming off a 3-0 defeat at the hands of ninth-ranked Saint Leo on Wednesday. EC got off just five shots in the game, three on goal.

Nick Jackson is Eckerd's top offensive threat, posting 12 points to stand tied for fifth in the SSC with six goals.

Alex Gott plays in goal for the Tritons and carries a 2.21 goals against average.

LAST MEETING: Rollins defeated Eckerd 5-0 in Winter Park.

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS: The Tars will take the week off and be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Tampa.

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