Rollins (8-3-1, 5-3-0 SSC) – 9
Saint Leo (2-9-1, 1-6-1 SSC) – 1
WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 18, 2017) – The Tars got goals from five players, on their way to a 9-1 demolition of Sunshine State Conference rival Saint Leo on Wednesday evening. Rollins was led by four tallies from junior Stefan Avram, while Matt Volk netted a brace in the victory that improved the Tars' record to 8-3-1 overall and 5-3-0 in SSC play. The Lions fall to 2-9-1 overall and 1-6-1 in conference action.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half: The Tars had chances to get on the board in the first ten minutes, but waited until the 18th to light the scoreboard. Fritz Engel slotted a through ball that Stefan Avram was able to run onto, beating the Lion's defense, and poking the ball passed a charging keeper into the net. It was Avram who would set up the Tars' next goal, getting position on a loose ball in the box and drawing a penalty kick. Ben Grant stepped to the spot and coolly drove the ball passed a sprawling Wessel Berenschot. Rollins would carry the lead into the halftime break.
Second Half: It took five minutes for Rollins to find their third point of the day. Max Muecke delivered a corner to the far post; Fritz Engel was able to put the ball back across net, and find a waiting Matt Volk for the easy tap in. Avram scored his second, and the Tars' fourth, just 30 seconds later. Andre Nansen floated a ball into the box, and the junior was able to get his head to the ball directing it perfectly off the post and in. The Orlando, Florida native secured his hat trick just two minutes later. He sprinted down the right side, dribbling through defenders, and burying the ball in the low corner, in a splendid individual effort. Dominic Adomakoh earned the Tars second penalty kick of the evening after just another 30 seconds of play. Adomakoh beat his defender who sprawled and caught the freshman's heels as he prepared to deliver a cross. Matt Volk stepped up to the spot and calmly scored his second goal of the match. Saint Leo pulled one score back in the 55th minute when Bryce Wilson connected with Tyler Palmer to beat Drew Trautmann. The Tars reestablished the six goal cushion when George New tallied. His first effort was turned away, but he persisted, getting his own rebound and finishing it in the back of the net. Avram netted his fourth and final goal of the day in the 58th minute. George New gathered a loose ball in the box and slotted a pass to the hot hand, who again found the net, giving Rollins an 8-1 advantage. The Tars ninth score came off a corner kick, which Ray Gerke drove in from the right side, and junior captain Johnny Nartowicz met with his head, sending the ball beyond the Lion's keeper. The contest mercifully came to end, with the Tars seeing out the final 15 minutes, and securing a 9-1 victory.
- The Tars are now 45-7-4 all time against the Lions.
- The nine goals for the Tars are the most since an 11-1 thrashing of Briar Cliff on February 25, 2006.
- Max Muecke's assist was his first point in the Blue and Gold.
- Ben Grant moves into a tie a top the SSC with 7 goals on the year, while Avram is in a tie for third with six on the year.
- Head Coach Keith Buckley moves to 314-151-30, as he is in his 27th season at the helm of the Rollins soccer program.
The Tars will continue their march to the SSC Tournament on Saturday, October 21, when they visit Embry-Riddle, kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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