ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (September 18, 2019) – The Tars came from behind to defeat Flagler 2-1, and earn their first victory of 2019. Rollins improves to 1-2-0 on the year, while the Saints drop to 0-4-0 overall.
Erik Isaksson netted the Saints lone goal. Henrique Salomao tallied the assist with a well placed corner kick.
Maximillian Obermeier played the full 90 minutes in net for Rollins, the third consecutive start for the freshman. The German made four saves, and recorded his first collegiate win. Andrea Lubbia made two saves and allowed two goals for Flagler.
Though neither team could crack the scoresheet, Rollins created the better opportunities in the first half. With just over 10 minutes remaining in the period Adomakoh rattled the crossbar after a well-orchestrated counter attack and Koliniatis forced a save from Lubbia with a rocket volley from the top of the box five minutes later.
Flagler applied pressure at the start of the second half, and found the back of the net first. Isaksson got to the ball first off Salomao's corner, and redirected a glancing header by Obermeier. The Tars would not stay down for long, however. Just minutes later Adomakoh fired a shot off the keeper and Koliniatis pounced on the rebound and shot the ball past a sprawled Lubbia. The Tars would take the lead with just under a quarter of an hour left in the match. Adams would settle a long pass and carry deep into the Saints' zone. He would then deliver a perfect cross to an unmarked Landau who headed the ball into the net. The Rollins defense easily saw out the final minutes to seal the win.
What Coach Says:
"This was a much needed win, and it was a hard fought game. We are pleased for Michael and Georgios to get their first goals. We are improving, and we need to continue to do so." –Keith Buckley
- The goals scored by Koliniatis and Landau were their first in the Blue and Gold.
- Christian Adams, who tied for the most assists on the Tars last season tallied his first of the year.
- With his game winning goal Michael Landau took over the team lead for points with three, coming on one goal and one assist.
The Tars continue their road trip, when they travel to Lakeland to face Southeastern on Friday, September 20. Rollins final non-conference match of the 2019 campaign will kickoff at 6 p.m.