ALLENDALE CHARTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (September 5, 2019) – The Tars fell to top-ranked Grand Valley State to start their 2019 campaign. The No. 1 Lakers bested Rollins 5-2 under the lights at the GVSU Soccer field. Rollins starts the season 0-1-0, while the reigning national runner-ups go to 1-0-0.
Four Tars featured on the season opening score sheet. Freshman Sarah Skala found the back of the net in her first Rollins game, off an assist from fellow first year Bailey Tran. Meghan Mosley scored Rollins second goal after taking a pass from Chynna McGirt.
Ava Cook scored twice for the hosts, while Riko Sagara tallied three points with a goal and two assists. The pair were joined by Chantel Carranza and Kennedy Bearden as Lakers' goal scorers.
Kelly Rowswell made six saves for the Tars, while Jessica Radice made two stops; each keeper played the full 90 minutes.
Rowswell kept the Lakers off the board early, stopping a penalty strike in the fourth minute. Grand Valley State still managed to jump out to a lead 13 minutes into the match. Carranza was at the end of a string of passes, and put a shot to the right of Rowswell, as the ball bounced over the keepers outstretched hand and into the net. The Lakers doubled their lead before the half when Cook sprinted down the sideline and took a low angle shot that settled in the far side netting, making the score 2-0.
Cook tallied the Lakers third just two minutes into the second half. The All-American found herself on a breakaway and slotted her second goal. Sagara gave Grand Valley State their fourth tally, converting on a long range effort to make the score 4-0. The Tars, who had been creating chances the whole match, were finally able to get on the board in the 61st minute. After a stretch of extended pressure Skala gathered a pass from Tran and sent a rocket from outside the box into the back of the net. Just minutes later Mosley out-paced the whole Laker defense, retrieving a long McGirt pass and finishing a one-on-one opportunity, as the Tars halved the Laker lead in less than two minutes. With Rollins throwing numbers forward late the Lakers would score one more to ice the match away; Bearden depositing the ball by Rowswell to make the score 5-2.
- The goals for both Skala and Mosley were their first in the Blue and Gold, while Tran's assist was her first Rollins point.
- The Tars are the first team to score twice against Grand Valley State since November of 2017.
- Rowswell now sits alone in third place in Rollins history for saves. She entered tonight tied for fourth with Jennifer Odebrecht at 230, and with her six saves she passed Mary Spring, 233, to stand alone in third, at 236. Next on the list is Michelle Dillingham, at 245.
The Tars remain in Michigan until Saturday, September 7, when they will face Cedarville in a neutral site match. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m.
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