WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 14, 2019) – The second- seeded Tars move on the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championship Match with a 2-0 win over the third-seeded Nova Southeastern Sharks. Rollins will enter the title contest with a record of 12-4-0, while the Sharks await their NCAA Tournament fate with an overall mark of 14-3-2.
Freshman Bailey Tran starred for Rollins on the evening, tallying one goal and one assist to lead the offense. Chynna McGirt also found the back of the net for the Tars. Elena Beasley held her sixth shutout of her freshman campaign with six saves.
Nova Southeastern midfielder Emma Heikkila fired off five shots for the Sharks, forcing Beasley into three saves. Natalie Robayna kept Nova Southeastern in the match, tallying 12 saves, as the Tars peppered the goal with 14 shots on target.
Rollins got on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute. Tran putting dipping shot on frame that Robayna could not hold on to. McGirt pounced on the spilled ball and put it in the back of the net. The Tars would maintain pressure throughout the half, ultimately taking nine shots during the first 45 minutes, entering the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
The Sharks came into the second half energized and created handful of chances before Rollins settled back into the play. However, the Rollins defensive unit did not allow Nova Southeastern any clear cut opportunities, holding the Sharks off the board. The Tars grew into the half, and reasserted their dominance as the second period continued. Rollins would ice the game away in the 82nd minute. Tran gathered the ball at her feet and dribbled past a Shark defender. The freshman fired a shot that bounced off the inside of the post, beyond a sprawling Robayna, and into the net, giving Rollins a 2-0 lead. The Tars would see out the final minutes, securing their spot in the Championship.
- This marks the second consecutive year that Rollins and Nova Southeastern have met in the SSC Tournament Semifinals. Each team has won one meeting, with the hosts coming out victorious both times.
- Bailey Tran now has 12 points, coming on five goals and two assists, the most for a Rollins freshman since Kathryn O'Brien tallied 14 points, and won SSC Freshman of the Year, in 2015.
- With her goal, Chynna McGirt set a new career high for points in a season. The junior tallied 13 points last year as a sophomore; but now sits at 14 points, coming on four goals and six assists, in her junior campaign.
- Rollins will be looking for their first SSC Tournament crown since 2014.
- Fourth-seeded Embry-Riddle defeated top-seeded Barry in the other SSC Tournament Semifinal. The Tars beat the Eagles 1-0 back on October 16, in Winter Park.
Rollins will host the SSC Tournament Championship Match on Sunday, November 17, at 1 p.m. Rollins will face off against the Embry-Riddle Eagles on the turf at Barker Family Stadium.