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Tars Look to Climb SSC Standings

Tars Look to Climb SSC Standings

SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, October 23 vs. No. 6 Florida Tech | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
Saturday, October 26 at Tampa | 7:00 p.m. | Pepin Stadium – Tampa, Fla.

COVERAGE:
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SET UP:
Rollins picked up a key Sunshine State Conference win on the road last week, defeating Embry-Riddle 4-2 in Daytona Beach.  Rollins fell behind early, but came back to take the lead 2-1.  After the Eagles equalized, Rollins recovered to score two quick goals and seal the victory.  The Tars, who sit sixth in the SSC, and in possession of the final conference tournament spot, will open this week with one of their toughest opponents of the season, the Florida Tech Panthers.  Florida Tech has been steadily rising up the national polls since the beginning of the year, and currently sit second in the SSC.  The Tars must then turn their attention to Tampa on the weekend, as they visit the Spartans who have their eyes on a SSC Tournament position as well. 

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins (3-5-2, 2-2-2 SSC):
The Tars picked up their second SSC win last week with their victory over Embry-Riddle.  The win propelled Rollins up three spots in the conference standings, as they entered the game behind the Eagles in ninth, and ended the night in sixth, and very much in the postseason hunt. 

The Tars have had 10 players find their names on the scorecard this season, including five players with multiple goals.  Freshman Georgios Koliniatis leads the way for Rollins. The Athens, Greece native scored twice and added an assist against Embry-Riddle as he took over the team lead with 10 total points on the season. Dominic Adomakoh is second on the squad with eight points; registering three goals and two assists this season. Adomakoh scored the game winning goal against the Eagles.  Maximillian Obermeier has seen the majority of the action in net for Rollins.  The freshman has maintained a .702 save percentage. 

No. 6 Florida Tech (9-0-1, 5-0-1 SSC):
The Panthers saw their record blemished for the first time on October 9th, with a draw at Eckerd.  Since then Florida Tech has posted convincing wins against Florida Southern and Saint Leo as they occupy the No. 6 spot in the United Soccer Coaches National Poll. 

Florida Tech is averaging 2.200 goals per game, while they lead the SSC with just 0.40 goals against per game, and an average margin of victory of 1.80 goals.  Guillermo Segovia paces the offense for the Panthers.  The senior is second in the SSC in points, with 18, and second in assists, with six.  Per Henrick Nag, who was named Second Team All-SSC last season, is second on the squad with 13 points, coming on four goals and five assists.  Jason Fesquet has seen most on the playing time at keeper for the Panthers.  The sophomore from France has maintained a conference best .867 save percentage, while giving up just four goals this year. 

Tampa (4-6-1, 2-4-1 SSC):
The Spartans are winless in their last four matches, and enter the week on a two game losing streak.  Tampa fell 3-2 against the No. 4 Lynn Fighting Knights last time out.  The Spartans visit Saint Leo before hosting the Tars on Saturday. 

Tampa is averaging 1.82 goals per game while they also surrender 1.82 goals per game on the year.  Rojay Smith is leading the Spartans with 14 points, coming on five goals and, a team high, four assists.  Omar Thali has found the back of the net six time for Tampa, the most on the squad, as he sits second on the team with 12 points.  Jake Richards has seen most of the time between the pipes for Tampa.  The senior shot stopper has made 51 saves while maintaining a .750 save percentage. 

NOTES:

  • Last year the Tars fell in their season finale, 4-0, to the Florida Tech Panthers, in Melbourne.
  • The Tars bested the Spartans 1-0 last year.  Logan Laskey scored the game's only goal off an assist from Kevin Da Rocha Figueira.
  • The Tars have been caught offsides only 13 times this season, second lowest total in the SSC. 

NEXT:
Rollins travels to defending National Champion Barry for their final road contest of the 2019 regular season.  Kickoff in Miami Shores is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30.

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