MELBOURNE, Fla. (October 23, 2019) – The No. 8 Tars continue to cruise through Sunshine State Conference play, remaining unbeaten, with a 3-0 victory over Florida Tech in Melbourne. With the win Rollins improves to 10-2-0 overall and 7-0-0 in SSC action. The Panthers fall to the conference basement with a 3-8-2 overall mark, and a 1-5-1 record against SSC opposition.
Sarah Buckley spearheaded the Rollins attack on the night, picking up a goal and an assist. Meghan Mosley and Hannah Menard also found the back of the net for Rollins. Kathryn O'Brien added an assist to her daunting numbers.
The Panthers managed three shots on target all night, and were led by Maria Munoz who got off a pair shots, and forced one save.
Elena Beasley made three saves while maintaining her fifth shutout of the year for Rollins. Maria Recuero was forced to make six saves in her 90 minutes in net, while allowing three goals.
The Tars jumped in front early, tallying in just the fourth minute. O'Brien slid a perfect pass behind the Panther defense. Mosley gathered the ball and coolly deposited it in the side netting for a 1-0 lead. The Tars would take that advantage into the half.
Rollins would control much of the play, but could not find the insurance goal until the 78 minute mark. Buckley sent a perfect corner kick into the six yard box where Menard rose above the Florida Tech defenders and headed the ball beyond an outstretched Recuero. Rollins would add a third in the 83rd for good measure. Buckley put the exclamation point on the evening when she gathered the ball at the top of the 18 yard box, spun around her defender and put a rocket into the top corner of the goal. The Tars saw out the final minutes without difficulty to preserve their perfect SSC record.
- Rollins improves to 16-7-3 all-time against the Panthers.
- Hannah Menard's goal was her first in the Blue and Gold
- Kathryn O'Brien now has 73 career points, and sits tied with Chelsea Brady ('10) for seventh most in program history.
- Sarah Buckley now has 14 career goals, tied for 19th in Rollins program history with Leah Hirsch ('10) and Kate Moran ('02).
- Seven SSC wins equals the program best which has been accomplished five other times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014). The Tars have three conference matches remaining in 2019.
Rollins returns home to take on Tampa on Saturday, October 26. Kickoff against the Spartans is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Barker Family Stadium.