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Tars Blast Thomas, 3-0

THOMASVILLE, Ga.- (September 12, 2010)- The Rollins college women took advantage of early opportunities to seal a 3-0 victory over the Thomas University Nighthawks, Sunday afternoon.

Offensively the Tars did their damage in the first half, scoring all three goals within the first 17 minutes of action. Brenna McKee, Meagan Thomas and Ali Schrader tallied the goals, while Ashley Waplinger picked up two assists to aid the attack.

McKee started the scoring in the third minute with a nifty chip shot over the head of the keeper to start the scoring for Rollins. Rollins was on the attack again after scoring the first goal and the relentless pressure led to Meagan Thomas collecting her goal in the 12th minute, off a deflection on the corner kick from Waplinger. more


Eckerd Outmatched By North Alabama

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Eckerd Tritons lack of shots on goal led to a 3-1 loss Sunday against North Alabama in the final game of the Eckerd Invitational.

North Alabama’s Chloe Roberts scored a hat trick in the Lions victory.

The Lions out shot the Tritons 18-3; Eckerd tested North Alabama’s keeper only once. The lone shot on goal led to a score in the 88th minute from senior midfielder Samantha Nichols.

The game was delayed 45 minutes due to lightning with 20 minutes left in the first half. Soon after the game resumed North Alabama went on the offensive, and did not look back.

The Tritons head Lakeland, Fla. next to open up conference play against Florida Southern on Sept. 15. Results will be posted on more

Second Half Goal Keeps Tampa Perfect

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa women’s soccer team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 1-0 victory over visiting Queens (N.Y.) College (1-4) on Sunday at Pepin Stadium.

Freshman Cina Salemi broke free to connect on the lone goal of the contest, coming from Jazmin Perry and classmate Andrea Arnone. The 72nd minute goal was also the first of Salemi’s young career.

The Spartans grabbed quick control in the second half, outshooting the Knights 10-3 in the final period. For the game, Tampa held a 14-4 advantage on shots, including an 8-0 differential in shots on goal.

Freshman Leah Cesanek notched her third career shutout in goal, playing all 90 minutes for head coach Gerry Lucey’s squad.


Cate helps power Saints past Falcons, 3-1

MONTEVALLO, Ala. − Loren Cate (Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS) scored a pair of goals to help lead Flagler College to a 3-1 win over the University of Montevallo in a Peach Belt Conference women’s soccer match Saturday night at Varsity Field.

Flagler snapped its two-match losing streak to improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Montevallo suffered its third consecutive loss and fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Cate got the Saints on the board in the 62nd minute when she took a cross pass from Jessica Jagielski (New Port Richey, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS) and booted the ball past the keeper. Her second tally came in the 72nd minute when she knocked in a shot from 20 yards out.

Paige Scott got Montevallo on the board in the 89th minute, but that’s all the Falcons would get.

Latia Boggan (St. Augustine, Fla./Paulding County (Ga.) HS) scored an unassisted goal for Flagler with just 13 seconds left to go on the clock.  more


UPSET! No. 21 Tars Topple Second-Ranked West Florida, 3-1

PENSACOLA, Fla. (September 10, 2010) - Breaking a 25-game winning streak, the 21st-ranked Rollins College women's soccer team upended the second-ranked West Florida Argonauts with a final score of 3-1 on Friday evening. The Tars advance to an overall mark of 2-1, while the Argos drop to 2-1, snapping a 22-game winning streak on their home turf.

The victory marks the first time the Tars have come out on top in program history, and puts Rollins at an overall record of 1-9-1 against the Argos since their first matchup in September of 2000.

The Tars came out on fire, knowing full well that the game holds national and regional implications. Dictating the pace of the game from the onset, Rollins finally hit their stride after two uncharacteristic contests to open the season last weekend in Texas. more

Bernier-Larose Named SSC Defensive Player of the Week

SAINT LEO, Fla. - In helping her team to a 2-0 start, Saint Leo women’s soccer goalkeeper Audrey Bernier-Larose has been named the Sunshine State Conference’s first defensive player of the week for 2010 it was announced by the SSC and Commissioner Jay Jones.

Highly touted by Head Coach Ged O’Connor, the canadian-born Bernier-Larose lived up to her billing from the first save she made as she notched a pair of wins in her collegiate debut, including a shutout.

In a 3-1 win over Webber International, Bernier-Larose faced 10 shots on goal and posted nine saves. She also recorded an assist when she punted the ball past the WIU defense to hit a breaking teammate in stride for a goal. In a 5-0 shutout against Florida Memorial, she saved the only shot on goal she faced. Bernier-Larose concluded the week with a 0.50 GAA.

Bernier-Larose and the undefeated Lions will next look toward a neutral-site game against Queens College (NY) at the University of Tampa’s Pepin Stadium. Kick off is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.


Schrader’s Two Goals Lift No. 13 Rollins over TWU

DENTON, Texas (September 6, 2010) - After falling behind 1-0 in the fourth minute of play, the thirteenth-ranked Tars turned up the heat and came back to pull out a 2-1 victory over Texas Woman's University on Monday afternoon at the TW Soccer Field. Rollins advances to 1-1 on their young season, while the Pioneers drop to an overall mark of 0-2.

Rollins felt the sting early after Emily Davila put TWU on the scoreboard first, finding a cross from Rebekah Ledet and volleying it past Tars' freshman keeper Shelby Kesic.

"Giving up a goal so early on their first shot of the game was disappointing," said head coach Patrick Baker. "But the players got together, re-grouped and started to imprint the game a bit more. Seniors Chelsea Brady and Jessica Deese did a nice job up top at the beginning, and Ali Schrader made an immediate impact when she entered the game." more

Lions Upend Florida Memorial in Home Opener

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s soccer (2-0) offense was firing on all cylinders Saturday evening, as they defeated the Florida Memorial Lady Lions, 5-0, in its non-conference home opener. In total, the home standing Lions had seven different players tally at least one point.

Karin Hedlund led the offensive charge again, totaling three points on a goal and an assist. Meanwhile, midfielder Cassie Barberesi was deadly from the corner area, posting a pair of assists. The Lions also saw a quartet of Lions tally their first goals of the season.

Despite the final score, Saint Leo had a difficult time mustering offensive momentum in the early portions of the match. But the Lions were able to shake the pesky Florida Memorial defense in the 21st minute when Barberesi put a perfectly placed corner attempt into middle of the box and senior defender Dari Alcantara headed into the back of the net. more


Spartans Top Newberry To Notch Second Weekend Shutout

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The University of Tampa (2-0) women’s soccer team registered its second shutout of the weekend with a 1-0 triumph over Newberry College (0-2) in a match that was played at Columbus State University.

"The girls played very well today and showed great composure and maturity in their play,” says head coach Gerry Lucey. “We faced an opponent that was difficult to break down with the amount of players behind the ball. I was really pleased with the way we knocked the ball around and tried to penetrate the opposing backline.”

The Spartans netted the game-winner in the 76th minute as Luana Miessa found the net off a centering pass by teammate Marta Bertsos.

Tampa outshot Newberry by a 20-2 mark as freshman Leah Cesanek made two saves en route to her second shutout of the young season. more


Last Minute Goal Gives No. 2 West Florida 3-2 Win Over Barry

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Sophomore defender Tori Fish (Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire HS) pounced on a bouncing ball in front of the net and scored the game-winner with 27 seconds left in No. 2 West Florida’s 3-2 win over Barry in the final game of the Invitational on Sunday. The Argonauts escaped with the win with the last minute goal after going up 2-0 in the first half and allowing Barry to tie the game at two in the second half.

Sophomore forward Jodi-Ann Robinson (Richmond, British Columbia/Palmer Secondary School) scored her second goal as an Argonaut, putting the UWF (2-0) up 1-0 in the 19th minute. She received a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Rachel Cutts (Pensacola, Fla./Ole Miss) and volleyed it past the goalkeeper for the goal. Eight minutes later senior forward Shakira Duncan (Kingston, Jamaica/Darton College) took advantage of a failed clearance and scored her second goal of the year, giving the home team a 2-0 lead. more


Pfeiffer women down Flagler, 2-1

CHARLOTTE, N.C. − Lindsay Godwin’s header in the 74th minute broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Pfeiffer University to a 2-1 win over Flagler College in a non-conference women’s soccer match Sunday afternoon at the Queens Sports Complex. The match was part of the Queens University of Charlotte Tournament.

Pfeiffer improves to 2-0 on the season while Flagler falls to 1-1.

Godwin headed in the goal off a cross pass from Sheena Regan. Alyssa Wombwell scored the match’s first goal off an assist from Mariah Martinez in the 29th minute.

Lindsay Zullo (Hudson, Fla./Hudson HS) scored the equalizer for Flagler in the 50th minute. She headed in a pass from Justine Long (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS).

Jamie Alcala tallied five saves for the Falcons. Cristina Coca (Riverview, Fla./Saint Leo University) faced six shots with two on goal.

Flagler out-shot Pfeiffer 10-6 and each team took two corner kicks. The Falcons were whistled for six fouls and Flagler three. more


No. 13 Rollins Hindered by No. 6 West Texas A&M

DENTON, Texas (September 4, 2010) - The No. 13 Rollins women's soccer team opened their 2010 season with a challenge, taking on a resilient No. 6 West Texas A&M University squad on Saturday evening on the campus of Texas Woman's University. The Tars hit a roadblock against the Lady Buffs, dropping by a score of 3-0 in their first ever matchup with WTAMU. Rollins starts the season with a mark of 0-1, while the Lady Buffs open their 2010 slate with a record of 1-0.

The Tars battled out a tough first half that saw the Lady Buffs score twice, including a last ditch effort goal with nine seconds left before the break. Junior forward Becky Hewson put the first tally on the scoreboard for the Lady Buffs in the 42nd minute off of a corner kick from the left side, and assisted on the second as she put a through ball up the right side to freshman Samantha Cameron with seconds before the half.  more


Harding Too Strong at Home in Sailfish Season Opener

SEARCY, Ark.- For the second consecutive year, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s soccer team opened up their season on the road as they took on Arkansas native Harding University. The Lady Bison proved to be more than the Sailfish could handle as they scored early and often, taking their home opener by a score of 3-1.

Although neither team recorded very many shots in the first half (PBAU 3, HU 4), Harding drew first blood in the 15th minute after Lauren Hawes collected a loose ball in the box and quickly gave the Bison their first lead.

PBA answered quickly later on in the half as sophomore transfer Katie Runyon found midfielder Ashley Shoaf on the left side, whose power from 30 yards out connected with the upper right corner of the net, tying the game in the 35th minute. more


Panthers Double Up St. Thomas

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Women’s Soccer) – Junior transfer Casey Lademann followed up her strong Panther debut on Thursday by scoring two goals in Florida Tech’s 2-1 win over St. Thomas Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Soccer Field. The Crimson and Gray, who entered the contest ranked No. 21 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, extended their record to 2-0, while the Bobcats fell to 0-1.

Throughout the 90-minute match, the Panthers kept goalkeeper Victoria Shahbaz busy. In all, they fired 23 shots and all but six were on net. Leading the team with six shots was freshman Chelsea Belfer.

Tech got on the board first as Lademann converted a penalty kick at the 9:44 mark. With the first half ticking down, the junior transfer struck once more thanks to a pass by Belfer. more


Sharks Topped by Lions

Pensacola, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern University women’s soccer team ended play at the 2010 season at the Invitational hosted by West Florida on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to regional foe North Alabama Lions.

UNA’s Chloe Roberts put the Lions on the board right from the get go. Just :11 seconds after the kickoff, Roberts barreled through the Shark defense and scored from the right side to give the Lions (1-1-0) a quick 1-0 lead.

It wasn’t long before Roberts showed her prowess again in the 20th minute. She added her second score of the game, this time a quick dribble through the middle, and left footed the ball from 30 yards away to give UNA an early 2-0 lead they would carry into the halftime break. more


Freshmen Carry Lynn to Victory

BOCA RATON, Fla. – It may have taken an extra day but Lynn University’s women’s soccer team got its 2010 season started with a 3-0 victory over Georgia College & State in the Lynn Fall Classic on Sunday afternoon. Three freshman on offense and three more on defense paved the way for the victory as Jamie Lockie scored twice and Kayle Clay added one of her own. This marks the first season-opening shutout for the Fighting Knights since the 2006 season.

Both teams had their chances in the first half to go ahead but couldn’t take advantage of them. Melissa Ortiz was the first to get a good look, beating the defense for a one-on-one with keeper Mary Robb Plunkett but just missed her shot left of the post. She came back minutes later with a low flying shot to the right post but Plunkett made a diving stop to keep the game scoreless.  more


Moore's Goal Gives Mocs a Tie

BOCA RATON – Kara Moore has played only two games in a Florida Southern uniform, and already she’s made a major impact. Unfortunately for both the Moccasins and Pirates of Armstrong Atlantic State, so did the weather. Moore’s goal with just over nine minutes to play tied the game at one sent it to overtime, but lightning forced an early end to it, forcing the teams to settle for a 1-1 tie.

The weather was a major issue throughout the day. The game began with a heat index of over 100 degrees, and midway through the second half the teams and spectators were sent to shelter when the first wave of lightning swept through the area. Armstrong Atlantic (0-0-1 and ranked #19) led at that point, 1-0, but when play resumed nearly 90 minutes later, the game quickly turned in Florida Southern’s favor. more


Pederson Leads Tritons in Win Over Georgia Southwestern

AMERICUS, Ga. – The Eckerd College women’s soccer team defeated Georgia Southwestern 2-1 Sunday, earning the team’s first win of the season.

Senior Callie Pederson tallied both of the goals for the Tritons off six shots on goal.

“I’m very happy with the performances our team showed over the weekend,” head coach Danielle Fotopoulos said. “It’s very exciting for us to get our first win on the road. Callie (Pederson) did an amazing job during the game pressing toward the defense and getting shots on goal. Our defense also played really well and stayed compact and organized.” more

Barry Pushes #2 Argonauts To the Edge

PENSACOLA, Fla.—Tori Fish scored less than half a minute from the end of the game to lift the #2 West Florida Argonauts over the Barry Buccaneers 3-2 in the final of the Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the UWF Soccer Complex.

Emma Karp continued her stellar play, scoring twice in the second period to knot the game at 2-2. In the 63rd minute, she swiped the ball away from the Argonauts’ defense and ripped a shot from 27 yards out to pull the Bucs (1-1-0) to within one. In the 74th minute, Haley Struthers served a perfect free kick over the heads of the UWF defense and found Karp running unmarked behind.  More


2010 Rollins Women's Soccer Season Preview

The Rollins women's soccer team won each of the past two Sunshine State Conference Championships, but the Tars will be under new leadership in 2010 as they chase an unprecedented third straight title. The Patrick Baker era begins with Rollins riding a 17 game unbeaten streak in regular season conference action, and a target placed firmly on their backs.

Baker replaces the reigning SSC Coach of the Year Tony Amato, who is now the head coach of Stephen F. Austin. No stranger to the pitch, Baker has spent over two decades at the helm of many successful programs, including his last stint at University of Georgia where he helped the Bulldogs to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 2007 to 2009.

Baker inherits an exceptionally skilled squad that has rarely done anything but win in their careers at Rollins. more


Rollins Takes on Embry-Riddle in Exhibition Action

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 21, 2010) - The thirteenth-ranked Rollins women's soccer team sized-up their new season on Saturday evening when they took on Embry-Riddle in their first of two preseason exhibition games.

The Tars and Eagles battled it out to a 1-1 draw after a lightning delay pushed back the start time. Rollins struck first with a goal in the 21 minute from senior forward Chelsea Brady off of a feed from Ashley Waplinger. But the Eagles answered back a minute later off of a shot from long range found its way between the posts.

"They played well. It was nice to get the girls out there to see just what we're working with," said assistant coach Alicia Milyak.  "We were able to rotate the girls through different positions and run through some different scenarios. It was a great start and we were able to get everyone out on the field.  We're eager to take what we learned today and apply it to our overall objecive for the rest of the season." more


Lions Ranked Fourth in First Poll of 2010

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s soccer team was selected to finish fourth in the SSC; it was announced by the Sunshine State Conference. The Lions racked up 137 total points, but saw defending SSC regular-season and conference champion, Rollins College, selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2010 Sunshine State Conference women's soccer championship.

Rollins accumulated 189 points in the annual preseason women’s soccer poll, including 14 first-place votes.

Preseason polling was conducted among the conference’s women’s soccer coaches and sports information directors. Participants are not permitted to rank their own teams. Florida Tech, which finished second in the 2009 SSC standings, claimed the other four first-place nods and took second place in the poll. The Panthers received a total of 154 points. Florida Southern, which placed third in the final standings a year ago, was tabbed to take that same slot in 2010. The Moccasins finished just two points behind Tech with 152. more


Tars On Top of SSC Preseason Poll for First Time in Program History

WINTER PARK, Fla. (August 20, 2010) - For the first time in program history, the Rollins women's soccer team sits atop the Sunshine State Conference preseason poll as they enter into regular season action. The preseason poll, announced Friday by league officials, is voted upon by conference coaches and sports information directors.

The thirteenth-ranked Tars were the run-away favorites, with 14 of 18 first-place votes and 189 points. Led by first-year head coach Patrick Baker, Rollins heads into the season seeking a third straight SSC title.

Behind the Tars, Florida Tech finished second with four first-place nods and 154 points. The Panthers are the only other conference school to be listed on the NSCAA DII Preseason National Poll, which was announced on August 10. Tech just barely edged out Florida Southern, who comes in at No. 3 on this season's poll, with 152 points.more

UWF Ranked No. 2 in NSCAA Preseason National Poll

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The West Florida women’s soccer team will start the 2010 season ranked No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Preseason Poll, it was announced on Tuesday. The Argonauts are the preseason No. 2 team in the nation for the second straight year, and UWF also finished each of the last two seasons ranked No. 2 in the final poll.

Grand Valley State, the 2009 NCAA Division II national champions, will enter the year ranked No. 1. No. 3 Saint Rose and No. 4 Cal State Dominguez Hills round out the top four in the preseason poll, while No. 13 Rollins and No. 21 Florida Tech join UWF as the three schools representing the South Region.

UWF, also the preseason favorite in the Gulf South Conference coaches’ poll, is coming off a record-breaking 2009 season in which the team finished 22-0-1 and was eliminated in the national semifinal round on penalty kicks. The Argos have lost just one game in two seasons, and that came in the national championship game in 2008. more


Panther Women Come in at Second in SSC Preseason Soccer Poll

WINTER PARK, Fla. (Women’s Soccer) – Another sign of a brand new season has arrived as the Sunshine State Conference today released its 2010 preseason women’s soccer poll, voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors. With a strong show of confidence from their peers, the Panthers were selected to finish second this season – the program’s highest preseason pick ever.

Florida Tech, which received four first place votes and 154 total points, came in just behind preseason favorite Rollins College, tabbed to repeat as conference champions in 2010 with 189 points and the remaining 14 first place votes. The Panthers edged out Florida Southern in the voting by two points while Saint Leo came in fourth with 137.

Tech, ranked No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Preseason Poll, is coming off the team’s most successful year in program history after defeating Saint Leo 1-0 last November to advance to the second round of the NCAA South Region Tournament for the first time. Several postseason honors and accolades rolled in for the Panthers following the historic win, including a final season Top 25 finish and recognition as one of the most improved teams at the Division II level by Somis Sports. more