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Rollins Outlasts Eckerd in SSC Duel

Rollins Outlasts Eckerd in SSC Duel

FINAL SCORE:
Rollins (6-3-1, 4-3-0 SSC) – 1
Eckerd (3-5-1, 1-4-1 SSC) – 0 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 11, 2017) – It took extra time, but Rollins escaped Eckerd with a 1-0, double overtime, win.  The Tars dominated play all evening, but could not find the final touch until the 103rd minute.  With the win Rollins improves to 6-3-1 on the year, and 4-3-0 in Sunshine State Conference play.  The Tritons fall to 3-5-1 overall, and 1-4-1 in SSC action. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half: The Tars came out as the aggressive team in the first 45 minutes.  Rollins tallied nine shots in the frame, but only forced one save out of Triton keeper Alex Gott.  Eckerd's only shot of the half sailed wide, but the Tritons did earn two corner kicks, while the Tars only forced Eckerd to defend one.

Second Half: Eckerd started to grow into the game in the second half, while Rollins continued their offensive pressure.  The stars of the second half were the net-minders.  Drew Trautmann made two saves, on six Triton shots, en route to his fist clean sheet of the season.  Gott faced another nine shots, tallying five second half saves.  The Tars earned three corners in the period, while Eckerd did not take any.

First Overtime: The Tars put the only shot on target in the first over time session, but it was turned away.  The Tritons managed one shot in the frame, but it floated harmlessly wide.

Second Overtime: Rollins would finally find a break through in the 103rd minute.  Matt Volk gathered a long aerial ball and attacked the left side of the Triton goal.  The senior then slipped a pass across the six-yard box to a charging Ben Grant, who was there to tap in ball in an open net, securing the golden goal victory for the Tars. 

NOTES:

  • The Tars are now 19-4-1 all time against the Tritons.
  • The Tars are 2-0-1 in overtime games this season; Rollins tied Lees-McRae on opening day, and defeated Barry earlier in the season.
  • With his sixth goal of the season, Ben Grant moves into a tie for first place on the SSC leaderboard.
  • Drew Trautmann returned to goal after missing the previous six games, and earned his eighth career clean sheet, one more will move him into a tie for seventh in Rollins history.
  • Head Coach Keith Buckley moves to 312-151-30, as he is in his 27th season at the helm of the Rollins soccer program. 

UP NEXT:
The Tars will venture outside the SSC for the final time this year, as they play host to the Flagler Saints on Saturday, October 14; kickoff is slated for noon. 

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