Wednesday, October 3 at Tampa | 7:00 p.m. | Pepin Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Saturday, October 6 vs. Palm Beach Atlantic | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
The Tars face a pair of vital Sunshine State Conference games, as Rollins looks to continue to climb the SSC leaderboard. The Tars currently sit third in the standing, and have matchups this week against second place Tampa, and basement dweller Palm Beach Atlantic. Rollins picked up two conference wins last week, defeating Lynn and, preseason SSC favorite Nova Southeastern. Tampa ventured out of the SSC Wednesday, downing Florida National 4-1, before picking up a win over the Florida Southern last time out. The Sailfish are coming off a bye week, and are still looking for their first SSC win, following a 4-1 defeat to conference leading Barry on September 26. Rollins continues their trek through the SSC, as they look to take steps to secure conference tournament seeding this week.
WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins (5-1-3, 3-1-0 SSC):
The Tars balanced offense helped the Tars to their pair of wins last week. Rollins got goals from Kathryn O'Brien, Kiera McMeekan, Jill Richards, Sarah Buckley, and Chynna McGirt over the two games, the five of whom are all tied for the team lead with three goals apiece this season. Richards has added a team high four assists to lead Rollins with 10 points. McGirt has dished three helpers, while O'Brien has a pair. Five other Tars have found the net once. Kelly Rowswell has seen the majority of the time net for Rollins. The two-time All-SSC selection is giving up just .84 goals per game, the second best mark in the conference.
Tampa (5-2-3, 3-0-1 SSC):
The Spartans rebounded after a tie against Palm Beach Atlantic, to collect a pair of wins last week. Moeko Morse scored twice, including the game winner with less than 10 minutes remaining, in Tampa's last contest, a 3-2 win over Florida Southern. The Spartans are still unbeaten in conference play partially in part to productive attacking tandem. Freshman forward Moeko Morse has scored six goals, third most in the SSC, and added an assist for 13 points, while junior forward Emily Cady sits second on the team with five scores. Nastasia Asgedom has registered three assists to lead the Spartans. Megan Bromwell has started nine games for Tampa, maintaining a .725 save percentage.
Palm Beach Atlantic (4-4-2, 0-3-1 SSC):
The Sailfish earned three wins and a draw in their first five games, but have yet to find the win column in SSC action. Palm Beach Atlantic's only point in the conference came courtesy of their draw with Tampa. The Sailfish are being outscored 9-2 in SSC play. Jaycie Tate leads the Sailfish with five goals on the year. Shannon Berg has added four goals, including a hat trick in Palm Beach Atlantic's 12-0 dismantling of Glenville State. Thorkatla Halldorsdottir has recorded five assists to go along with a score of her own. Jez Rubalcava and Madison Chiola have split time in net for the Sailfish, combining for 41 saves, and a .96 goals against average.
- Last year Rollins defeated Tampa 1-0. Shalisa Crowell scored in the 75th minute, while Rowswell made five saves in the shutout.
- Rollins is 13-16-4 all-time against the Spartans.
- The Sailifish and the Tars battled to a 0-0 draw during the 2017 campaign.
- Rollins is 11-1-2 in their history against Palm Beach Atlantic.
- Kathryn O'Brien currently sits tied for 15th on the Rollins all-time scoring list with 17 goals. With her next tally she will move into a tie for 14th with current Rollins assistant coach Jessica Deese.
Rollins will face Eckerd in SSC action next week. The Tars will take on the Tritons on Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. in St. Petersburg.
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