WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 23, 2019) – The Tars picked a marquee victory, upsetting the No. 6 Florida Tech Panthers by a score of 2-1, in overtime, at Barker Family Stadium. Rollins improves to 4-5-2 overall and 3-2-2 in Sunshine State Conference action. Florida Tech drops their first match of the season, and fall to 9-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in conference action.
The Panthers leading scorer Guillermo Segovia tallied the Panther's only goal of the night. Craig McCall registered an assist.
Maximillian Obermeier came up big for the Tars, making five saves in just over 98 minutes of play between the pipes. Jason Fesquet tallied three saves for the Panthers, allowing two goals, playing the entire match for Florida Tech.
Florida Tech saw more of the ball, and forced four saves from Obermeier, in the first half. Neither team could find the break through, as they entered the locker room tied 0-0.
The Panthers came out of the half energized and would take the lead in the 55th minute. McCall sent a lofted cross over the Rollins defense. Segovia got his head to the ball and redirected it into the bottom corner of the goal. Rollins would grow into the game after conceding, and control much of the later part of the half. The Tars finally equalized in the 76th minute. After sustained pressure, Laskey got the ball deep in Florida Tech territory. The senior sent a cross into the box. The ball skipped through the Panther defense and found a charging Landau at the back post. The junior got his foot to the ball and put it in the back of the net. Both teams would have chances in the final minutes, but neither team could convert, as the game went to overtime.
The first overtime played like most of the game, with both teams enjoying spells of possession. The Tars would ultimately find the winner with just two minutes remaining on the clock. Landau dribbled into the Panther backline before leaving the ball for Koliniatis. The freshman made a move and sent a shot into the bottom corner of the goal, sealing the upset for Rollins.
- The Tars hand Florida Tech their first loss of 2019, and become the first team to score multiple goals against the Panthers this year.
- Rollins moves up to fourth in the SSC standings; the top six teams earn spots in conference tournament.
- Michael Landau extends his team lead with his fourth assist of the season, while Georgios Koliniatis picks up his team best fifth goal of the year.
Rollins will head to Tampa, as they continue the SSC gauntlet. Kickoff against the Spartans in scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at 7 p.m.