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Rollins Suffers Setback in Tampa

Rollins Suffers Setback in Tampa

No. 17 Rollins (5-2-1, 3-2-0 SSC) – 0
Tampa (3-2-1, 2-1-1 SSC) – 2 

TAMPA, Fla. (October 4, 2017) – Rollins could not recover from an early deficit, and lacked precision in the final third, as they fell 2-0 to the Tampa Spartans.  The loss moves the No. 17 Tars' record to 5-2-1 on the year and 3-2-0 in Sunshine State Conference play.  The Spartans improve to 3-2-1 in 2017, while moving to 2-1-1 in SSC action. 

First Half: The Spartans tallied within the first minute of play.  Felipe DeSousa got on the end of a Romario Grant cross and redirected the ball passed a sprawling Julian Grundler to give Tampa a 1-0 lead.  Both teams traded chances for the remainder of the half.  The Spartans outshot the Tars, four shots against two in the half, while each keeper made one save.

Second Half: The Tars opened the second half by applying a lot of pressure on the Spartan backline.  However, Tampa doubles their lead in the 53rd minute; this time it was DeSousa providing the service, with Monte Berrow applying the finish.  Down a pair of tallies the Tars increased their offensive presence, but could still not light the scoreboard.  Rollins outshot Tampa 7-3 in the second half, and forced three saves from the Spartan net-minder. 


  • The Tars are now 17-25-4 all time against Tampa.
  • Rollins outshot Tampa 9-7 for the game, putting four shots on target, against the Spartans three.
  • The Tars earned eight corner kicks, while Tampa only registered two.
  • This marks only the second time this season the Tars have surrendered multiple goals.
  • Head Coach Keith Buckley moves to 311-150-30, as he is in his 27th season at the helm of the Rollins soccer program. 

The Tars will host the No. 8 Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish.  Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, at 7 p.m. 

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