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Rollins Opens NCAA Tournament Against Lee

Rollins Opens NCAA Tournament Against Lee

SCHEDULE:
Friday, November 9 vs. Lee | 3:00 p.m. EST, 2:00 p.m. CT | UWF Soccer Complex | Pensacola, Fla.

COVERAGE:
Watch | Live Stats | Tournament Page | NCAA Digital Program

SET UP:
The Tars travel to Pensacola, Florida, the home of the West Florida Argonauts, for the opening round of the NCAA South Region Tournament.  Rollins will take on the Lee Flames as they begin national postseason action.  The Tars enter the matchup as the fifth seeded squad in the region, while the Flames enter their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament as the fourth seed.  The Tars have taken part in the big dance in eight of the last ten seasons.  The winner of the opening round contest between the Tars and the Flames will advance to the second round and face the host Argonauts, who earned a first round bye.  Rollins and Lee, who faced off early in the 2018 campaign, will up the stakes, and play to continue their Championship dreams.

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins (9-3-5, 6-2-2):
Rollins bowed out of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament in the semifinal round, falling 3-0 to Nova Southeastern last time out.  First team All-SSC forward Kathryn O'Brien and Jill Richards lead the squad with 14 points apiece.  O'Brien has tallied a team leading six goals and a pair of assists. Richards has notched four goals and a team best six assists. The duo ranks tenth the conference. Sarah Buckley and Chynna McGirt have scored five times, and Kiera McMeekan has found the net three times to round out the Tars' multi-goal scorers.  Overall ten Tars have found the net, as part of an offense that has scored 28 goals this season, four times more than in 2017, and is averaging 1.54 goals per game. Behind Richards on the assist leaderboard is McGirt, with three, while O'Brien and freshman Meghan Mosley have each dished out two helpers; five Tars have registered one assist.  The Tars defense is giving up just .83 goals per game, and is led by junior keeper Kelly Rowswell, who has maintained a .854 save percentage, including a six save, clean sheet in the SSC Tournament quarterfinals. Rowswell, who earned her third First Team All-SSC nod, led the conference with seven shutouts this season. 

Lee (13-6-1. 9-4-0 GSC):
Lee fell in the Gulf Coast Conference semifinals to Montevallo, 1-0, in their last contest.  The Flame offense, which is averaging 2.60 goals per game, is led by a pair of All-Gulf South Conference scorers.  Mia Hollingsworth earned First Team honors with 12 goals and five assists for a team leading total of 29 points.  Sophomore Kelsey Yoder ranks second on the team with 10 goals, and 20 points, good enough to garner a Second Team nod.  Riley Engels, Lauren Peters, and Kate Carney have all found the net five times for Lee.  The Flames have seen 11 goal scorers this season, with ten players scoring more than once.  Hollingsworth's five assists are also a team high, while Engles and Devin Healy have set up four goals each.  Taylor Green has played every minute in net for Lee this season.  Seeing almost 1860 minutes of playing time, the junior has recorded a .785 save percentage, while allowing 1.11 goals against.  

NOTES:

  • The Tars and Flames battled to a 2-2 draw at Barker Family Stadium on August 30.  Rollins got goals from Kathryn O'Brien and Jill Richards.
  • The Tars are 2-0-1 all-time against Lee.
  • The Tars last NCAA Tournament win came against Lee in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.  Rollins came back from two early Lady Flames goals to tie the contest 2-2 in the 87th minute.  Rollins then scored the winner with two seconds left in the first overtime period to advance. 

NEXT:
The winner of this contest will advance to the next round of the NCAA South Region Tournament, where they will take on the host institution, and top-seeded, University of West Florida Argonauts on Sunday, November 11, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, 1 p.m. local time. 

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