Saturday, September 16 at Southeastern | 1:00 p.m. | Lakeland, Fla.
The Tars are coming off a successful opening weekend, but have not taken to the field in more than a week, after postponements due to Hurricane Irma. Rollins tied Lees-McRae to open the 2017 season, before upsetting top-ranked Wingate by a score of 2-1 in their second contest. The Tars then had a pair of home contest canceled due to the storm. Rollins has climbed into the most recent United Soccer Coaches Top-25 Poll, coming in at No. 21, and will now travel to Lakeland, Florida to take on NAIA foe Southeastern.
WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins: The Tars swept the first round of Sunshine State Conference Weekly Awards, following their first two contests. Damian Clarke captured the Offensive Player of the Week Award behind his three opening weekend goals. The midfielder netted one goal in the Tars 3-3 draw against Lees-McRae, and both goals in the Tars 2-1 upset of then top-ranked Wingate. Drew Trautmann took home Defensive Player of the Week honors after two stellar games in North Carolina as well. The senior stopped a penalty kick in extra time to help the Tars seal their opening day draw, before saving six shots against defending National Champion Wingate.
Southeastern: The Fire have started the year 1-3-0. Their lone victory came in a 4-0 match against St. Andrews College. Last time out Southeastern dropped a heartbreaker to Bluefield College 3-2 in double overtime.
Through four games the Fire attack is led by Tauan Salgado and Jake Van Der Luit, each have tallied three goals. Jonathan Jimenez has been the creator for Southeastern, earning four assists, and adding a score of his own, for a total of six points.
Jorge Navarrete has seen all of the action between the pipes for the Fire. The junior has tallied 22 saves, while giving up eight goals, in just over 391 minutes of action on the year.
• Rollins is 3-0 all-time against the Fire, including a 3-0 win last year, that saw Ben Grant pick up a goal and an assist.
• Trautmann's Defensive Player of the Week Award was his second in the Blue and Gold, the senior also won the award on the opening weekend of 2016.
• Tars' head coach Keith Buckley is into his 27th year at the helm of the Rollins soccer program, and currently sits with a record of 307-148-30.
Rollins will prepare for both their home and Sunshine State Conference opener, as rival Florida Southern will travel up I-4 on Wednesday, September 20, for a 7 p.m. match.
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