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O'Brien Brace Helps Rollins Spear Tritons

O'Brien Brace Helps Rollins Spear Tritons

WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 5, 2019) – The Tars stayed unbeaten in conference action, using a dominant first half performance to seal a 3-1 victory over Eckerd under the lights at Barker Family Stadium.  Rollins, ranked No. 16 in the nation, improves to 6-2-0 overall, and 3-0-0 in Sunshine State Conference play.  Echerd falls to 4-3-1 overall, and 0-3-1 in SSC action.

Kathryn O'Brien netted a brace to lead the Rollins offense on the day.  Kayla Crosby also found the back of the net for the Tars.  Olivia Talmage, Chynna McGirt, Molly Von Eschenbach, and Ally Rost all picked up assists.

Victoria Grant tallied the lone Triton goal, while Hajar Benjoud earned the assist on the score.

Elena Beasley made four saves, playing the full 90 minutes in cage for the Tars.  Casey Winn made a pair of saves to go with the three goals allowed.

The Tars got on the board first in the 15th minute. Rost got to a Eckerd goal kick first, and placed a one touch pass directly in the path of O'Brien.  The hard charging forward gathered the ball behind the Triton defense and buried in past the keeper with her left foot.  It would be the senior who would double the Tars lead less than 15 minutes later.  Von Eschenbach won a powerful header that sent McGirt running into the Eckerd penalty area.  From there the junior made a simple pass, across the face of goal, where O'Brien was there for an easy tap in.  The Tars lead grew to three just moments later.  Talmage gathered a long corner kick, and delivered a low pass back into the crowd in front of the Triton goal.  Crosby got a foot to it, and sent it into the back of the net, behind a helpless Winn.

Eckerd would pull one goal back before the half.  Benjoud took a long shot that Beasley saved, but the rebound fell to Grant who poked it in the net.

Neither team could produce a goal in the second frame, as Rollins offense kept control and the Tars defense smothered the Triton attack.  Rollins easily saw out the final moments, earning the win.

Notes:

  • The Tars are now unbeaten in their last 16 games at Barker Family Stadium
  • Kathryn O'Brien is now tied for sixth all-time in goals scored in Rollins history with 27; and is alone in eighth all-time with 66 career points.
  • Kayla Crosby's goal was her first in the Blue and Gold.
  • The Tars outshot Eckerd 14-8, and took 16 corner kicks to the Tritons two.

Up Next:
The Tars will return to the open road with a trip west to Saint Leo.  Kickoff against the Lions is set for Wednesday, October 9, at 7 p.m. 

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