WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 13, 2019) – The Tars upset the No. 6 West Florida Argonauts in a thriller, under the lights at Barker Family Stadium. Rollins took a lead but needed late heroics to clinch the victory. The Tars improve to 2-1-0 on the year, while West Florida falls to 1-1-0 overall.
Chynna McGirt and Kathryn O'Brien each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Rollins attack. Bailey Tran continued to make an impression in her first collegiate season, finding the back of the net for Rollins. Sarah Buckley also featured on the scoresheet, earning two assists, while Meghan Mosley registered one.
Jessica Quixley found tallied for the Argos, off an assist from Annie Rolf. The other Argo score came courtesy of a Rollins own goal.
Elena Beasley made five saves in her first collegiate start, playing the full 90 minutes between the posts for Rollins. Esthefanny Barreras made four saves, while surrendering three goals for West Florida.
The Argos controlled possession for the early parts of the game, but Rollins looked comfortable in defense. The break through came in the 32nd minute when Mosley gathered the ball in the middle of the pitch and slotted a perfect through ball to the feet of a hard charging Tran. The freshman slotted the ball past a sprawled Argo keeper to open the scoring. The Tars, full of confidence, would double their advantage just two minutes later. Buckley and O'Brien deftly passed around the West Florida defense before finding McGirt on the week side. The junior took the ball in stride and blasted in over the keeper into the roof of the net.
West Florida would regroup at halftime and need less than a minute of second half play to cut the Rollins lead in half. A dangerous crossed floated into the box and The Tars defense could not effectively clear, putting the ball in their own net. The Argos would equalize on the hour mark with a Quixley header from a Rolf corner kick. With the game appearing destined for overtime, and the second ticking away, Rollins would earn a corner kick. Buckley's kick fell to McGirt, who blasted a shot that was blocked. The ball redirected to O'Brien who coolly sent the ball into the side net with only 35 seconds on the clock. The Tars saw out the final second to seal the upset.
- Chynna McGirt, Meghan Mosley, and Bailey Tran have each registered at least a point in all three Rollins games so far this season.
- Kathryn O'Brien is now alone in 11th place in Rollins history for both goals and points.
- The Tars improve to 4-13-2 all-time against West Florida.
The Tars remain at home to face the Colorado Christian Cougars on Sunday, September 15. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m.
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