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Tars Advance to SSC Finals

 

 

Tars Advance to SSC Tournament Finals with 4-1 Conquest over Lions

Box Score

WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 6, 2009) - In a Friday night fight for the finals, the top-seeded Rollins women's soccer team triumphed with a 4-1 victory over Saint Leo University, advancing the Tars to the championship round of the 2009 Sunshine State Conference Tournament.

Senior midfielder Jessica Mooney netted the game-winning tally, and freshman forward Ali Schrader nabbed two goals to lead the game as the No. 8 Tars press forward to an overall mark of 14-1-2 on the season. 

The Lions close out their SSC Tournament journey with a record of 9-5-1, but await the news as to whether they will earn a bid into the NCAA South Region Tournament to be announced Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Joining Mooney and Schrader on the scoreboard was Leah Hirsch with the first goal of the contest, and Elise Spearing and Annie Pippert with an assist each on Schrader's first goal of the contest.  The Lions were held silent for the majority of the game, but were finally able to put a goal on the scoreboard in the 86th minute after Pia Soesemann collected on a lofty header from Hannah Beard for a hard strike on frame.

With two saves on the evening, sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Dillingham saw a diminutive six shots all evening thanks to smart play and a staunch defensive line of Meagan Thomas, Maia Ryan, Charlotte Murrell and Hirsch.  Dillingham's counterpart, Cristina Coca faced 16 shots and nine shots on goal from the Tars, making three saves on the evening.

Hirsch ignited the Tars in the 30th minute of action after junior forward Chelsea Brady was taken down in the box to set up a penalty kick.  Hirsch's strike was saved by Coca, but the ball rebounded out to set up Hirsch for a hard wallop into the left corner of the goal to put the Tars ahead 1-0, and Rollins built on the momentum throughout the remainder of the contest.

Mooney collected on a team save from the Lions with just seven seconds remaining in the first half and fired a rocket past Coca to put the Tars up 2-0 at the half, and with a flurry of goals late in the second half from Schrader, Rollins sealed the deal and advances to the tournament finals for the second time in program history.  The last time the Tars saw the championship match was back in 2004 when they lost to the University of Tampa Spartans 1-0.

Rollins paved the way in all areas of the field as they led in shots 16-6, shots on goal 9-3, and had three corner kick opportunities in comparison to the Lions' two.  A total of nine Tars fired off shots throughout the contest, with Schrader heading up the squad with four, all in the second half.

The Tars will take to the pitch on Sunday as they look to clinch their first ever Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championship, and will take on third-seed Florida Southern.  Kickoff against the Moccasins is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field.  Fans who cannot make it to the game will be able to watch and listen live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.