No. 25 Barry upsets No. 11 Rollins
Buccaneers avenge regular season defeats, send Tars packing
WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Barry found themselves in a familiar position Friday night. In recent years the Bucs have been able to beat Rollins in the regular season but have lost to the Tars in postseason play the last two years.
This season has been a role reversal as it was the Tars defeating the Buccaneers twice in the regular season while the Bucs returned the favor by knocking them out of the NCAA tournament when No. 25 Barry defeated 11th-ranked Rollins by a score of 3-1 on Friday afternoon to advance to the second round.
The Buccaneers came out of the gate aggressively and were hit with a few cautions in the early going. Mark Anderson was issued a yellow card 45 seconds into the period, but this would not phase the Bucs.
On a chilly, autumn night Barry set the tone of the game from the start and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Senior forward Kendal Seally was able to get behind the keeper punch it in for the game’s first score.
The Tars would counter with a couple scoring opportunities, but goalkeeper Johnny Rodrigues was up to the task as he made two diving saves early on. After that, the Buccaneer defense tightened up for the remainder of the half and would limit the Tars offensively.
The Bucs kept applying the pressure offensively and in the 29th minute junior Joe Conkleton found Randy Taylor who connected for the second goal of the game lifting Barry to a 2-0 lead at the intermission.
The second half would prove to be as hard fought as the first, and in the 80th minute the Tars cut the deficit to one goal. However, the Buccaneers were up to the challenge and tightened up the backline, and were able to put the game away in the final seconds when Anderson, the nation’s leading goal scorer chipped a goal over the head of the keeper for the final score.