WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 16, 2019) – The Tars defense stepped up, as Rollins remained perfect in Sunshine State Conference play with a 1-0 win over Embry-Riddle at Barker Family Stadium. The No. 7 Tars improve to 9-2-0 overall and 6-0-0 in SSC action. The Eagles drop to 6-3-0 overall, and pick up their first conference loss, to sit at 4-1-0 in SSC play.
Sarah Buckley tallied the only goal of the night for the Tars. While the defensive alignment of Molly Von Eschenbach, Gianna Merigliano, Hannah Menard, and Vilja Aaltonen formed an unbreakable barrier for Rollins. Elena Beasley made four saves to preserve her fourth career clean sheet.
Ragnheidur Gardarsdottir led Embry-Riddle with four shots, putting two on target. Julia Olsson also has four attempts, forcing Beasley into one save. Dana Ruchti faced seven Rollins shots, making six saves and allowing one goal.
Both teams enjoyed spells of pressure in the early going, but by half way through the first period of play the Tars had found firmer footing and possessed more in their offensive half. The breakthrough came with nine minutes remaining before halftime. Kathryn O'Brien drew a foul right on the corner of the penalty area, allowing Sarah Buckley to show off her right foot. The senior fired a rocket to the near post. Ruchti got a hand on it, but the shot found its way beyond the goalkeeper and into the net.
The Eagles continued to press throughout the second half, but the Tars defense turned away every Embry-Riddle advance. The Eagles took nine shots in the second half, but the Tars forced many to come from distance, as Beasley and the Rollins backline made sure the Tars one goal held up for the full 90 minutes.
- The Tars now own the only unblemished record in the SSC. Rollins sits atop the conference with a 6-0-0 mark.
- Sarah Buckley is now tied for 21st in Rollins history with 13 career goals.
- The 6-0-0 start to the conference schedule is Rollins best SSC start ever. The Tars teams of 2008 and 2009 each finished the SSC slate undefeated, at 7-0-1, but had tied by their sixth contest.
The Tars will rest this weekend before traveling to Florida Tech next Wednesday, October 23. Kickoff in Melbourne is set for 7 p.m.