Wednesday, October 3 vs. Tampa | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
Saturday, October 6 vs. No. 2 Palm Beach Atlantic | 7:00 p.m. | PBA Soccer/Lacrosse Field – West Palm Beach, Fla.
Rollins will look to break a four-match losing streak, and pick up their first conference victory, with two more Sunshine State Conference contests this week. The Tars will host Tampa on Wednesday, October 3, before heading on the road to conference leader, and No. 2 Palm Beach Atlantic. The Spartans lost their last match at home against No. 9 Florida Southern 1-0. Tampa, who started the year ranked in the United Soccer Coaches poll have yet to find their groove, and are currently 1-4-3 on the season and 1-3-0 in conference play. The Sailfish have done nothing but climb the rankings this season, and still remain unbeaten at 10-0-0 overall, and 4-0-0 in the SSC. The Tars need to bounce back as they look to keep their hopes of postseason alive.
WHO TO WATCH:
The Tars once potent offense has sputtered in SSC action. Rollins fell against Nova Southeastern, 3-1, away, last time out, the goal was the Tars first in more than 300 minutes of playing time. Christian Adams recorded the tally for the Tars, against the Sharks. Stefan Avram leads the Tars in points with 17, second highest total in the conference. Freshman goalkeepers Eidur Ivarsson and Abdiel Martinez have split time net so far this season, making a combined 37 saves.
The Spartans are also looking to come back from a lost against No. 9 Florida Southern. Tampa peppered the Mocs' net, but could not find a break through goal. Both Juancho Fernandez and Marcel Salokat lead the Spartans with 6 points in the season so far, both coming on two goals and two assists. Till Neumann has also scored twice for Tampa. Jake Richards has seen all of the time ion net for Tampa, surrendering 1.38 goals per game. The Spartans currently sit in 8th place in the Sunshine State conference.
Palm Beach Atlantic:
The Sailifish are flying high, undefeated, and coming off an overtime win against Barry. Palm Beach Atlantic are sitting at No. 2 in the national polls, and have been among the top-10 all season. Claudio Rivadeneira tallied the overtime goal against the Bucs, in a game where the Sailfish had three different goal scorers. Rivadeneira leads a balanced Sailfish attack, recording five goals and four assists, for 14 points. Cadu Causatis has scored three times, while dishing out five helpers for 11 points, tied with Marc Hebbeker and his five goals and one assist. Overall, 18 Sailfish have scored this season. Elliot Barker has started nine games in net for Palm Beach Atlantic. Both his goals against average, of .740, and his save percentage of .750 are the third best in the SSC.
- Rollins lost to Palm Beach Atlantic 1-0 in the regular season last year, but recovered to hand the Sailfish their first loss of the year, and elimate them from the SSC Tournament in the semifinal round, with a 2-0 win.
- Rollins is 17-26-4 all-time against the Spartans.
- The Tars lost to Tampa twice last season, falling in the regular season, then controversially, in the SSC Tournament final.
- The Tars are 16-5-0 all-time against the Sailfish.
The Tars will host Eckerd next Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. Rollins will then enjoy a bye weekend, and rest on Saturday.
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