Sept. 22, 2009

Courtesy of Rollins

WINTER PARK, Fla. - Entering into week four of their 2009 slate, Rollins women's soccer team prepares to open their conference campaign on the road as they travel to Saint Leo University on Wednesday in a 7:30 p.m. SSC showdown.  The women come in at No. 9 on this week's NSCAA Division II National Poll after sitting at No. 12 last week.

The Tars recollected last week after a busy home slate when they took on No. 2 West Florida on September 11, and Thomas University two days later.  In their only contest last week, Rollins took to the road to take on Flagler College in a matchup on the evening of September 16.

Rollins rode the momentum from their big win over Thomas into their only contest of last week, defeating Flagler with a final score of 5-0.  The clean sheet was their sixth in seven games this season.

Leading the team once again was junior forward Chelsea Brady as she racked-up five points on the evening with two goals and an assist.  Fellow junior Mellissa Doerk put up one goal and one assist, while Leah Hirsch and Ashley Waplinger each fired the ball between the pipes for one goal apiece.  Rounding out the points on the evening was senior midfield duo Jessica Mooney and Rachel Jakubowski, who each found assists on Brady's two goals.

In net for the Tars, sophomore Michelle Dillingham had a quiet evening thanks to an almost impenetrable midfield and defensive squad.  Rollins' back end limited the Saints to just six shots all evening, and only one shot in the first half.  Dillingham never saw a shot on goal in the full 90 minutes of action, but was a solid force anchoring the team all evening.

Rollins was largely headed-up by Mooney and Jakubowski, who each hustled through 80 minutes of in-game action as they helped lead the Tars in all areas of their attacking and defensive strategies.  The duo set up key plays throughout the evening, helping Rollins pepper Flagler goalkeeper Christie Reuther with 14 shots on goal.

With an overall mark of 5-1-1, the Tars enter into Sunshine State Conference play this week, traveling to Saint Leo, Fla. to take on the Lions in a highly anticipated conference showdown.  Saint Leo, picked as the preseason conference favorite, took home the tournament title in 2008, despite Rollins earning their first regular season championship in program history.

The last time out against the Lions, Rollins was bounced out of the conference tournament in semi-final action after a 1-1 draw led to a shootout.  SLU picked up a 3-1 shootout victory over the Tars, and advanced to the championship round of the SSC tournament where they defeated Florida Southern.

Fans can catch all of the action between the Tars and Lion live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.