Nov. 21, 2008

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Rollins women’s soccer team ended their 2008 campaign with their only loss of the season after falling 2-0 to the University of West Florida in NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer National Tournament Third Round action on Friday afternoon.  The Tars end their season with an overall mark of 15-1-4, the best in program history, while the Argonauts advance to quarter final play with an overall record of 22-0-1.

Offensively, the Tars were kept at bay by a solid Argo back line, being held to only 8 shots and five shots on goal.  The Argonauts led the undefeated showdown in shots 19-8, shots on goal 7-5, and corner kicks 8-5, but Rollins was an ever pervading force throughout the whole contest, holding the usually dominant first seed to just two goals all afternoon.

Freshman goalkeeper Michelle Dillingham saw plenty of action between the pipes, making five amazing saves on the day.  Rollins also saw plenty of action in all ends of the field, but were unable to capitalize on any of their offensive opportunities throughout the afternoon.

West Florida forward Dernelle Mascall slipped the ball behind a solid Rollins defense off of a Marcela Franco assist in the 36 minute of play to give the Argos their game-winning tally.  And with an in-the-box penalty in the 64 minute, Franco was able to grab her own goal with a penalty kick to round out the goal count on the afternoon.

The Tars end their season with plenty of new records set as they walk away from their crusade notching the best overall record in program history, grabbing their first ever Sunshine State Conference regular season championship title, earning the highest regular season national ranking after coming in at No. 6 in last week’s final NSCAA/Adidas regular season national poll, and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

Rollins will return to the pitch next year in their 2009 campaign with even higher hopes than this year as the Tars will lose only three seniors to graduation this year.  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.