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PREVIEW: Tars Look to Right the Ship

PREVIEW: Tars Look to Right the Ship

Wednesday, October 11 at Eckerd | 7:00 p.m. | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Saturday, October 14 vs. Flagler | 12:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium 

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SET UP: Rollins will look to rebound from back to back Sunshine State Conference losses with a pair of victories this week.  Rollins fell 2-0 on a visit to Tampa, marking the first time they had given up more than a single goal in SSC play this season.  Rollins then battled No. 8 Palm Beach Atlantic at home; the Tars played the Sailfish even for most of the evening, but gave up the deciding goal in the 86th minute.  Rollins will now turn their attention to a trip to St. Petersburg to take on Eckerd College.  Rollins will then return home for their last non-conference match of the 2017 campaign, as they host Flagler on Saturday at noon. 


Rollins (5-3-1, 3-3-0 SSC): The Tars' offense is averaging 1.78 goals per game, ranking them sixth, and squarely in middle of the SSC. Ben Grant continues to lead the Rollins attack.  The junior captain sits tied for third in the conference with five goals on the year, while his ten points leads the Tars, and puts him in a tie for sixth in the conference.  Damian Clarke has found the back of net three times, while adding an assist for seven total points on the year.  Fritz Engel and Matt Volk have each tallied twice, while George New, Stefan Avram, Frank Barry, and James Crowley round out the Rollins goal scorers.  Johnny Nartowicz and Andre Nansen have each registered two assists on the year, to pace the Tars.  Six other players have dished out one helper. 

Rollins sits fifth in the SSC, surrendering just 1.22 goals per game.  Julian Grundler has seen a majority of the action between the pipes for the Tars.  The senior from Germany has started the last six games for Rollins, earning a 3-3-0 record.  He sits fifth in the SSC in both save percentage, at .793, and goals against average, at .968. 

Eckerd (3-4-1, 1-3-1 SSC): The Tritons managed a point last time out, battling to a 2-2 draw against Saint Leo on Wednesday, October 4.  Eckerd had a bye on Saturday, and will have had a full week off when they host the Tars. 

Juan David Tejada highlights an Eckerd attack that is averaging two goals per game.  The junior from Panama has found the net four times, and added one assist, for a total of nine points.  Robert Labus has also tallied for times for the Tritons, including netting one game winner.  Westleigh Rush and Robert Carter round out Eckerd's multi-goal scorers, each tallying two on the year. Niklas Sommerer leads the Tritons with three assists, the freshman has also added one goal for a total of five points. 

Alex Gott has seen most of the time at goalkeeper for Eckerd.  The senior has started all eight games, playing 721 minutes, and surrendering 14 goals.  The Bedsworth, England native has made 34 saves, good for a .708 save percentage. 

Flagler (3-7-0, 2-3-0 PBC): The Saints fell to Florida National last time out, as the Conquistadors bested Flagler by a score of 2-0.  The Saints game against Lenoir-Rhyne, which was scheduled for October 11, was cancelled.  Flagler has faced one SSC opponent this year, falling to Nova Southeastern 5-1; the Saints were also scheduled to face Florida Southern, but the match was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. 

Rostand Ndong is pacing the Saints offense, tallying three goals, and adding three assists.  The Haines City, Florida native has totaled nine points on the year, with one game winning goal to his name.  Quam Salami leads the Saints in goals, finding the back of the net four times, seeing action in seven contests.  Juan Membreno leads the Saints, taking 18 shots on the year, the senior is also tied with Ndong for the team lead with three assists. 

Iwan Roberts, Mel Broughton, and Jesper Olsson have all seen action in goal for the Saints.  Roberts has started five contests, given up 14 goals and made 27 saves.  Broughton has started four contests, surrendering 10 goals, and making 21 saves.  Olsson has seen action in three games, starting one, tallying 11 saves, and maintaining a 1.73 goals against average. 


  • The Tars are 18-4-1 all-time against Eckerd.  The lone draw in the series occurred last year; Ben Grant and Cyrus Siminou each tallied in the 2-2 contest.
  • Rollins is 19-9-3 all-time when facing the Flagler Saints; however, Rollins dropped their 2016 meeting with the 2-1 in St. Augustine.
  • Matt Volk is just two goals away from moving into a tie for 20th on Rollins' all-time goal scoring list.
  • Tars' head coach Keith Buckley is entering his 27th year at the helm of the Rollins soccer program, and currently sits with a record of 311-151-30, the 14th best record among active Division II head coaches. 

Rollins will head into the final stretch of their 2017 regular season.  The Tars will host Saint Leo in SSC action on Wednesday, October 18, at 7 p.m.  Then on Saturday, October 21, Rollins will travel to Embry-Riddle for the two schools' first official SSC match. 

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