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PREVIEW: Tars Prepare for Meaningful Regular Season Finale

PREVIEW: Tars Prepare for Meaningful Regular Season Finale

SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, October 24 vs. Florida Tech | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium 

COVERAGE:
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SET UP: The Tars split results in their two games last week, as Rollins still looks to clinch a postseason berth.  Rollins dominated Saint Leo, 9-1, to open the week, but fell to Embry-Riddle, 1-0, on a trip to Daytona Beach on Saturday.  The Tars need a result in their final regular season game to guarantee a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament.  Rollins will look to gain that point while hosting Florida Tech on Tuesday. 

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins (8-4-1, 5-4-0 SSC): The Tars' offense has scored 30 times in 2017, ranking third in the SSC with a 2.308 goals per game average.  Rollins is lead by junior captain Ben Grant.  The Manchester, England native is tied for the conference lead with seven goals on the season.  Spurred by a four goal performance last week against the Lions, Stefan Avram now sits tied for third in the SSC with six goals.  Overall, 11 Tars have tallied a goal on the year, and seven have fund the net multiple times.  Defenders Fritz Engel and Andre Nansen have each registered three assists, while Ray Gerke, Johnny Nartowicz, George New, and Matt Volk each have two helpers. 

Rollins has used a trio of goal keepers this year, with Drew Tarutmann and Julian Grundler each starting six games.  Trautmann has held opponents to just .96 goals per game, while Grundler has earned a .786 save percentage. 

Florida Tech (9-3-0, 6-2-0 SSC): The Panthers, who were recieving votes in the latest national poll, fell to the Tampa Spartans last time out by a score of 3-2.  The match came just days after Florida Tech upset nationally ranked Lynn, 2-1. 

Florida Tech's offense leads the SSC at 2.750 goals per game.  The Panthers have a balanced attack, which has seen 11 different players find the back of the net, while nine Panthers have tallied multiple times.  Brandon Smalley leads the pack with six goals on the year.  The sophomore has added seven assists for a conference leading 19 points.  Solomon Wheatley has scored five goals for the Panthers, and Hugo Lopez has added four goals and four assits. 

Christopher Page has seen the majority of the minutes in net for Florida Tech, compiling a 7-3 record in ten starts.  The New Smyrna Beach, Florida native has made 25 saves and maintained a .641 save percentage. 

NOTES:

  • The Tars are 28-16-4 all-time against Florida Tech.  Rollins fell, 1-0, in a hard fought game, last season.
  • Rollins is battling with Barry for the sixth seed in the SSC Tournament.  Rollins can secure the spot with at least a tie against the Panthers, or if Barry fails to win their final two contests.
  • The Tars could still, mathematically, earn as high as the second seed in the SSC Tournament.
  • 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 314-152-30, the 14th best record among active Division II head coaches. 

NEXT:
This game will conclude the Tars regular season.  Rollins will wait to learn their postseason fate on Saturday, October 28, when the rest of the Sunshine State Conference concludes play. 

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