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Tars Have Eyes on the First Win of 2018 Season

Tars Have Eyes on the First Win of 2018 Season

Rollins faces Tusculum and No. 5 Columbus St. at home.


SCHEDULE:
Friday, September 7 vs. Tusculum | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
Sunday, September 9 vs. No. 5 Columbus St. | 11:00 a.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla. 

COVERAGE:
Tusculum: Watch | Live Stats | Digital Program
No. 5 Columbus St.: Watch | Live Stats | Digital Program

SET UP:
Rollins College welcomes two quality, nonconference opponents this weekend. Tusculum is 1-0-1 after the first week of the season. Then, two days later, the Tars' turn around and face No. 5 Columbus St 2-0-0. The Cougars are on fire this season so far, jumped from No. 12 to No. 5 after taking down No. 2 Carson-Newman at home Sunday 3-2. Columbus St. will look to continue their hot start while the Tars' will continue to fight as they have in their draws.

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
The Tars' senior Kiera McMeekan provide veteran leadership in the midfield having four shots on goal already this year. Junior Kathryn O'Brien has one goal following five shots. Junior Jill Richards came up with one goal and eight shots this past weekend. Junior goal keeper Kelly Rowswell playing the full 220 minutes in the Tars' first two games, she ranks fifth in the SSC with 11 saves. The Windermere, Fla. native is a two-time First Team All-SSC performer, and a 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-Region honoree. 

Tusculum:
Tusculum took on No. 23 Nova Southeastern in the opening weekend winning by a score 3-2. The Pioneers' women's soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the South Atlantic Conference preseason poll. Junior Sonja Ballmert, who was named preseason All-Conference on defense, had team-high 14 points on five goals and four assists last season. Emma Macdonald had one goal and one shot against Nova Southeastern this past weekend. Tusculum is also welcoming 10 freshmen, looking to make an immediate impact against the Tars. 

Columbus St.:
The last match up between the Cougars and the Tars' was in 2015, the Tars' won, 1-0. Columbus State welcomes back 17 players that are coming off an 16-4-0 season, and they led Division II in scoring at 4.05 goals per match. Two-time All-American Olivia Jarrell leads the returning squad after setting the CSU single-season record with 46 points in 2017. Riley Clark paired together nicely with Jarrell to form one of the top scoring tandems in the country in 2017. Clark scored 16 goals in just 16 matches, including a hat trick and four matches with multiple tallies. For the Cougars Jerrell is their current stat leader with two goals, one assist, and eight shots to start their season. The Cougars start their road trip playing Nova Southern Friday 7pm.

NOTES:

  • In the past five years, this is the first time The Tars' have gone into double overtime ending in back to back ties.
  • Rollins keeper Kelly Rowswell, a junior, had 11 saves this past weekend vs. Lee and West Georgia.
  • The Tars' are 3-2 all-time against Columbus St., the last time the two team faced off was 2015 at home.
  • This is the first time the Tars' will match up with Tusculum.
  • This is games three and four of a six game home stand to start the season for the Tars'. 

NEXT:
Rollins continues their home stand in the 2018 season. Rollins will host Webber International whom visits Winter Park on Wednesday, September 12 5p.m. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Rollins women's soccer team, fans can visit RollinsSports.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest #TARnation news by following Rollins Sports on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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