Monday, November 11 vs. Nova Southeastern | 4:30 p.m. | NSU Soccer Complex – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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The Tars return to the postseason, after missing the conference tournament in 2018. Rollins will face Nova Southeastern in the Sunshine State Conference Quarterfinals, as they begin their quest for the crown, and the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Tars defeated the Sharks in their regular season finale to lock up their playoff spot, and jump into the fifth overall seed. Nova Southeastern finished their regular season with the loss, locking them into the fourth position in the SSC standings. The Tars are faced with the difficult task of defeating the same opponent in back-to-back games, if they hope to continue their 2019 campaign.
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Rollins (5-7-2, 4-4-2 SSC):
The Tars got goals from Jari Polm and Dominic Adomakoh in their 2-0 victory in the regular season finale. With the win Rollins jumped Tampa, and into the fifth spot in the conference ranks.
The game winning goal from Polm was his first in the Blue and Gold, while Adomakoh registered his fourth of the season to kickoff a landmark week for the junior. The London, England native was selected CoSIDA Academic All-District after scoring four goals and dishing out two assists for the Tars during the regular season. Michael Landau continued an impressive year against the Sharks, recording the assist on Polm's game winner. The junior leads the squad with five helpers. Georgios Koliniatis led Rollins this season with 12 total points. The freshman tallied a team best five goals to go with two assists. Freshman goalkeeper Maximillian Obermeier held his first career clean sheet in the season finale as well. The German shot stopper is third in the SSC with 53 saves this season.
Nova Southeastern (8-5-3, 5-4-1 SSC)
The Sharks had won five in row prior to their regular season defeat at the hands of the Tars. The 2-0 loss was only the third time the Sharks have been kept off the scoreboard this season.
Nova Southeastern dropped into a tie for first in the SSC with 2.563 goals per game, and sit fourth the conference with an average margin of victory of 1.25 goals per game. The trio of Sebastian Loibl, Michael Lawrence, and Henrik Berg continue pace the Sharks offense, despite being shut down by Rollins. Loibl leads the team with 23 points, coming on eight goals and, a team leading seven assists. Lawrence sits second the squad with seven goals; the sophomore has also dished out two assists for 16 total points. Berg has found the net five times, with two helpers, good for 12 points. This season, 10 Sharks have recorded multiple goals, while 13 Nova Southeastern players have tallied at least once. Titouan Le Roux has seen most of the minutes in net for the Sharks. The senior has made 33 saves while giving up 15 goals, and holding five clean sheets. Brian Lopez and David Gassner split time in the regular season finale against the Tars.
- In 2017 the Tars faced Florida Tech in back-to-back contests. Rollins defeated the Panthers 4-2 in the regular season finale before hosting Florida Tech in the first round of the conference tournament, and coming out victorious, 3-2, in the quarterfinal match.
- The Tars are in search of their sixth SSC Tournament title, and first since 2015. The Sharks are still looking for their first ever crown.
- Michael Landau's five assists rank him in a tie for sixth in the SSC.
The winner of this matchup will advance to the SSC Tournament Semifinals where they will take on second-seeded Florida Tech. The game will take place in Melbourne on Thursday, November 14.