Oct. 31, 2010
WINTER PARK, Fla. –
Courtesy of Rollins College Athletics
Charlotte Murrell scored the game winning goal with under a minute remaining in the first overtime period to lift the seventh-ranked Rollins women’s soccer team over the third-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates on Saturday evening at Barker Family Stadium.
Rollins concludes their 2010 regular season slate on a high note, and finishes with an overall record of 10-3-2, while the Pirates swallow their second loss of the season and drop to 12-2-2 in their final regular season game of the season.
AASU put their goal on the scoreboard early in the contest after a rebounded save off of the hands of Rollins goalkeeper Michelle Dillingham left Nadima Skeff with an wide open look on frame in the 13th minute.
Rollins hunkered down and turned up the heat throughout the remainder of the first half, but were unable to find the back of the net as both teams entered the half with a score of 1-0. After the first 45 minutes of play, Rollins trailed the shot count 5-3, but thanks to two saves from Rollins goalkeeper Dillingham, the Tars were able to hold their opponent to one goal entering into the break.
Rollins used the half to talk strategy, and came out on fire in the second period. The Tars dictated the pace of the game from the onset, and left AASU fighting for offensive opportunities throughout the entire 45 minutes.
In the 76th minute, an AASU foul set up a free kick from outside the box. Rollins senior defender Leah Hirsch took the free kick, and lofted a strike over the fingertips of AASU keeper Tracey Mitchell for the equalizer.
The Tars outplayed the Pirates in the second half, turning the shot count around as they led 5-1, and 2-1 in corner kicks. Mitchell registered four saves in the second period, while Dillingham grabbed one on the Pirate’s only shot of the half.
Both teams were unable to capitalize on their opportunities for the remainder of the half, kicking the contest into extended play, marking the Tars’ fourth consecutive overtime game.
AASU came out with a victory on their minds, but the Tars’ stamina and endurance wore the Pirates down early in extended play. Rollins built up pressure throughout overtime action, generating crosses and finding forward momentum.
With 50 seconds remaining in the first overtime period, freshman Kelsey Boone sent a cross from the right corner to fellow freshman Brenna McKee. McKee was able to fire a quick pass to Murrell, who held strong on her possession and sent a shot past Mitchell into the left of the goal for the game-winning tally.
The Tars led the shot count 9-7, and found eight shots on frame in comparison to the Pirate’s five. AASU found more corner opportunities over Rollins with a tally of 4-2, and led the foul count 9-8 after three periods. Dillingham concluded the national showdown with four saves, while her counterpart Mitchell registered five and the team getting credit for a save.
Rollins returns to action on Tuesday, November 2, when they play in the first round of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. For the latest news, updates, and pairings in SSC tourney action, check the Tars’ home on the web at RollinsSports.com.