taken 13 seasons, 236 contests, 141 victories, and two regular season
Sunshine State Conference championships; today, the Rollins women's soccer
team earns another first as they become the 2009 SSC Women's Soccer
Tournament Champions by overpowering Florida Southern 1-0 on Sunday
To make the story even sweeter, The Tars (15-1-2) won the
milestone matchup on their home turf, and earned an automatic bid to the
NCAA Tournament as well.
Thanks to a goal from freshman forward
Ali Schrader in the 50th minute off of a throw-in from senior defender
Maia Ryan, the top-seeded Tars place another highlight in their
unyielding 2009 campaign. Schrader, hailing from Port Saint Lucie, Fla.,
was without a goal coming into the tournament, but racked up three tallies
throughout the weekend, earning Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors
for her efforts.
Rollins placed five players on the All-Tournament Team. Joining
Schrader were SSC Defensive Player of the Year
Meagan Thomas, senior midfielder
Jessica Mooney, sophomore defender
Charlotte Murrell, and sophomore goalkeeper
Michelle Dillingham were all recognized for their play throughout the
An intelligent and unfaltering back line for Rollins helped hold
Florida Southern scoreless thanks to solid play from
Leah Hirsch, Thomas, and Murrell, while Dillingham made four clutch
saves on the afternoon to earn her 11th shutout of the season.
Rollins saw smart game play in all areas of the field as the midfield
was involved in the majority of the action. Mooney and fellow senior
Rachel Jakubowski led the team from the midfield, while a deep
offensive grouping of
Annie Pippert, and Schrader all kept Florida Southern on their toes
with continuous rotating pressure on the Mocs' defensive half.
Florida Southern (12-7-1) did not let the Tars take home the title so
easily, and put up an admirable fight throughout the entire contest. The
Mocs came out firing on all cylinders, out-shooting the Tars 4-1 in the
initial 20 minutes of play. Thanks to Dillingham's resolute afternoon in
cage, Florida Southern was denied on all three of their attempts on
Despite constant pressure from a tough Moccasin squad, Rollins was able
to pick up the pace in the final 15 minutes of first period action, and
turned the table at the start of the second half to set the tone for the
remainder of the contest.
Just minutes into the second half, Florida Southern sent a ball over
the sideline directly in front of the Rollins bench. Ryan took the throw
in, finding the feet of Schrader, who worked her way around defenders to
find an open shot for a hard strike on frame. Her shot failed to find its
true potential, and was almost saved by FSC goalkeeper Martina Tangen-Billing,
but her diving save attempt did not have enough gusto, allowing Schrader's
ball to trickle just past her fingers into the left corner.
Rollins led the shot count on the afternoon 10-7, while both teams
matched-up in shots on goal 4-4, as well as corner opportunities 3-3.
With the victory, Rollins earns an automatic bid into the upcoming
South Region Tournament, making it the second-straight year the Tars have
earned a spot into the NCAA playoffs.
Sites and match-ups will be announced Monday at 7:00 p.m. The
selection show will be streamed live on NCAA.com.