Tars Win Big Over Florida Tech

Junior midfielder Rachel Jakubowski scored the game-winning goal

Nov. 16, 2008

 Courtesy: Rollins Athletics

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The second seeded Rollins College women’s soccer team picked up a big 4-0 victory over sixth seed Florida Tech in the second round of NCAA Division II South Region action on Sunday afternoon.  With the win, the Tars stay undefeated in their 2008 campaign, advancing to an overall record of 15-0-4, while the Florida Tech Panthers end their season with a final record of 11-7-2.

Four Tars would score, with two tallying assists on the afternoon as Rollins caged the Panthers throughout the entire competition.  Freshman goalkeeper Michelle Dillingham collected her sixth shutout of her young career, grabbing five saves and silencing an already quiet FIT offensive line.  Sophomore standout Leah Hirsch was successful on a team save early in the contest to help keep the Panthers at bay for a total of six saves for Rollins in their first ever NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.

Junior midfielder Rachel Jakubowski got the ball rolling for the Tars early in the game, firing off a shot between the pipes in the sixth minute of play to put the team up 1-0.  Senior superstar Lindsay Giblin notched the second Tars tally just five minutes later as two quick touch passes from Ashley Waplinger and Chelsea Brady set up the Naples, Fla. native directly in front of the net for a quick tap over the FIT defenders.

Brady scored the third goal in the 23 minute by sneaking around the Panthers’ defense for an open shot into the right corner, and the Tars entered into the halftime break with a lead of 3-0.

Florida Tech came out of the break looking for retribution, but a solid back line of Dana Merrill, Meagan Thomas, Maia Ryan, and Hirsch snuffed out the Panthers in the first few minutes of second half action and Rollins went on to control the tempo of the game for the remainder of the period.  Sophomore midfielder Jessica Deese made the score final in the 52 minute by firing off a quick strike from 25 yards out off of a rebounded block in the box, giving the Tars a 4-0 lead that they would hold onto for the rest of the match.

The Tars dominated play throughout the entire contest as they led in shots 19-11, shots on goal 13-6, and corner kicks 5-0.  Rollins saw solid play from plenty of players as midfielders Jessica Mooney and Joy Powell, and freshmen Georgia Libert and Charlotte Murrell all had fantastic games for the Tars.

Rollins continues on to the third round of NCAA Division II South Region Tournament action where they will take on the University of West Florida Argonauts next weekend.  Fans will be able to catch all of the action live on the Citizen’s Bank of Florida Tars Sports Network at www.RollinsSports.com. Stay tuned to NCAA.com for the latest in game times and locations for all Division II women’s soccer.

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