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Tars Still Fighting for Postseason Positioning

Tars Still Fighting for Postseason Positioning

SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, October 23 vs. Florida Tech | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
Friday, October 26 at Eckerd | 7:00 p.m. | Corbett Soccer Stadium – St. Petersburg, Fla. 

COVERAGE:
FIT: Watch | Live Stats | Digital Program
EC: Watch | Live Stats

SET UP:
The Tars have two games left as they try to jockey for position in a crowded Sunshine State Conference Tournament field.  The Tars sit at 6-2-5 overall, and 4-2-2 in SSC play, and are currently in fifth, but could finish as high as second or as low as the sixth seed.  Rollins picked up a draw and a loss in last week's action, and they will look to improve on those results, and gain momentum as the postseason approaches.  Florida Tech has won two straight, and also have hopes of jumping up the standings prior to the tournament.  The Panthers have won two in a row to sit at 8-7-1 overall, and 5-4-0 in SSC action.  Rollins will close the regular season by making up a game against Eckerd that was postponed due to Hurricane Michael.  The Tritons have been eliminated from play contention as they sit at 6-6-1, 3-6-0 against SSC opponents.  The Tars will look to get stellar play as they prep for postseason competition.

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins (6-2-5, 4-2-2 SSC):
Sarah Buckley tallied twice last week, and is now leading the Tars in goals this season, with five. Jill Richards has added a team high five assists, along with three goals.  The pair are tied for the team lead with 11 points.  Richard's five assists also rank fourth in the SSC.  A balanced Tars attack has seen five multi goal scorers, Buckley, Richards, Kathryn O'Brien, Chynna McGirt, and Kiera McMeekan.  Kelly Rowswell has seen the majority of the time net for Rollins.  The two-time All-SSC selection is giving up just .79 goals per game, the second best mark in the conference.   

Florida Tech (8-7-1, 5-4-0 SSC):
Senior Kiera McCarthy leads a Florida Tech attack that is outscoring SSC opponents 18-14 in 2018.  She has tallied nine goals and added three assists for 21 points.  Her goal tally ranks third and her total points count fourth in the conference.  Maria Munoz has earned 19 points on seven goals and five assists, to place her second on the squad.  Four other Panthers have found the net multiple times.  Maria Sanchez Recuero has started every game for Florida Tech, and has made 83 saves on the year. 

Eckerd (6-6-1, 3-6-0 SSC):
The Tritons are coming off three straight defeats to SSC foes Palm Beach Atlantic, Florida Southern, and Nova Southeastern. Eckerd was outscored 6-1 over the three game stretch. Sophomore Stephanie Linton leads the Tritons, and sits fifth in the SSC in goals, having found the back of the net seven times. Celine Brandt and Paula Astiazaran have each tallied three time for Eckerd.  Freshman Becky Caraker has tallied a team best three assists. Casey Winn has a total of 1191 minutes this season and has a .805 save percentage. 

NOTES:

  • Last season the Tars fell Florida Tech 1-0 on the road in their season finale.  Rollins is now 13-7-3 all-time against the Panthers.
  • The Tars are 16-10- 1 in their history against the Tritons after falling 1-0 in St. Petersburg last season.
  • The Tars have secured a spot in the SSC Tournament, but are still battling for seeding.  Barry has locked the top seed, while Nova Southeastern has secured either the second or the third seed.  All of the teams that currently sit between third and sixth in the conference standings could finish as high as second or as low as sixth. 

NEXT:
Following this week of action the Tars will wait and see where they will be playing their first game of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament.

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