Wednesday, September 19 at No. 18 Florida Southern | 7:00 p.m. | Barnett Athletic Complex – Lakeland, Fla.
Saturday, September 22 vs. Barry | 6:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
The No. 14 Tars enter Sunshine State Conference play undefeated, and begin the SSC gauntlet with a visit to rival No. 18 Florida Southern and a home match against Barry. Rollins dominated Southeastern and Trinity Baptist last week to finish their nonconference slate 6-0-0. The Tars climbed to No. 14 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll. Florida Southern has also remained perfect through the early portion of the year, with a record of 5-0-0. The Mocs opened conference play against No. 15 Lynn last time out, picking up a key, 2-1, overtime win, which helped catapult Florida Southern into the poll at No. 18. Barry sits at 5-1-0 in 2018, defeating Eckerd in their SSC opener. Barry is receiving votes in the latest national rankings.
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The Tars' have been solid on both sides of the ball so far this campaign, outscoring opponents 20-3. The defense has not surrendered a goal in over 300 minutes of action, while the attack is averaging 3.33 goals per game. Stefan Avram, already a two-time conference Player of the Week, leads the SSC with eight goals in the Tars' first six games, including three game winning tallies. He has also added one assist for a conference best 17 points. Damian Clarke has tallied three goals and one assist, and George New has two goals and three assists, tying for second on the team with seven points. Three Tars have split time in net, with Abdiel Martinez, Eidur Ivarsson, and TJ Brubaker all seeing action.
The Mocs took both the SSC weekly awards, it was announced Monday, after the Tars swept the first two weeks. James Meehan captured the offensive honor after scoring the game winner against Lynn. The London, England native has tallied three goals on the year for the Mocs. Benny Yusufoglu earned the defensive recognition for his five saves in the contest. The sophomore has played every minute in goal for the Mocs this season, giving up just one goal. Jacob Linn-Vannerus paces the Florida Southern attack with four goals and an assist for nine points, while Cristoph Gums has tallied three goals and two assists for eight points.
The Bucs received votes in the national poll after week one, but dropped out in week two, after a loss to Carson-Newman. Now, after rebounding with two wins, Barry is again on the cusp of the top-25. Francisco Aguirre and Flavio Colasanti each scored for Barry in the win over Eckerd last time out. Francisco Greco and Ander Urkidi are leading the Buccaneer offence with three goals and one assist a piece. Greco has started five games for Barry, while Urkidi has been a threat off the bench, seeing action in all six games, but only starting two. Marco Sordi has seen most of the time in cage for the Bucs, starting five games. He has made 15 saves, second most in the SSC.
- The Tars are 51-13-10 all-time against Florida Southern, defeating the Mocs 1-0 last season, in Winter Park.
- Rollins downed Barry 2-1 in double overtime last season to improve to 21-17-2 all-time against the Bucs.
- With one more goal Stefan Avram will tie Matthew Camacho, Martin Heckmann, and Dennis Chin in a tie for 23rd all-time in school history.
The Tars will continue their trek through the SSC next week with matches at home against Lynn on Wednesday, September 26, at 6 p.m. and against Nova Southeastern in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, September 29, also at 6 p.m.
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