Wednesday, September 19 vs. Florida Southern | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
Saturday, September 22 at No. 10 | 6:00 p.m. | Buccaneer Field – Miami Shores, Fla.
The Rollins Tars will open Sunshine State Conference play, and look to stay unbeaten, by hosting Florida Southern on Wednesday before traveling to Miami Shores to take on No. 10 Barry on Saturday. The Mocs are currently 2-4-1 on the season and were taken down at home by Lynn 0-1 last time out. The Bucs have cruised through their first six games, going 6-0-0, and outscoring opponents 14-1, their last match was a 3-0 win over Sunshine State Conference foe Eckerd. The Tars blew out Webber International 6-0 in their last match to remain unbeaten with a record 2-0-3 on the season. The Tars will look to start SSC play off on the right foot against the rival Mocs, and highly touted Bucs.
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Chessa Ramirez, Isabella Poma, Bella Giuliano, and Ally Rost all scored their first career goals against Webber while sophomore Chynna McGirt and junior Jill Richards each registered one goal and one assist during the contest. The Tars had not scored more than 6 goals since 2014. Kathryn O'Brien and Richards lead Rollins with two goals a piece on the year. McGirt has tallied three assists, while Richards has added two, for a team leading six total points. Kelly Rowswell has made 19 saves in almost 500 minutes of play. The junior holds a .55 goals against average.
The Mocs return 17 players from the 2017 squad, headlined by senior Anna Griessler, who led Florida Southern in scoring her first three seasons. The Indian Harbor Beach, Florida native has already scored twice this year. Alexa Moberley, who earned United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-South and Second Team All-SSC honors is also back for Florida Southern, and currently leads them with a pair of assists. Senior Gaelyn Crowder started her 37th consecutive match on the Mocs backline, a streak that dates back to Oct. 21, 2015. Freshman Noelle Rolfsen has seen the majority of the minutes in cage for Florida Southern.
The Bucs skyrocketed up the polls after three early season wins, and have held steady in the top-10 since the first week, jumping to No. 6 in the most recent rankings. Barry has also beaten SSC preseason favorite Nova Southeastern in a non-conference matchup. Christy Grimshaw is pacing the Buccaneer offense, having already tallied four goals and five assists. Molly Sharpe has found the net four times as well, while dishing out three helpers. Jade Adams has played every possible minute for the Bucs, anchoring a defense that has surrendered just one goal. Sharpe and Adams are the reigning SSC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Melanie Zienger has seen action in five games, starting four, while giving up just .25 goals per game.
- Against Webber the Tars scored six goals for the first time since 2014.
- The Tars are 27-2 all-time against Florida Southern.
- These are the Tars first conference matches of the season.
- Sisters Rebecca and Amy Volk will be lining up on opposite sides of the ball when Rollins takes on Florida Southern.
The Tars continue SSC play next Wednesday, September 26, when they head to Boca Raton, to take on Lynn, at 6 p.m. Rollins will then host Nova Southeastern in their weekend contest.
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