Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Rollins

With a game-winning goal from Meagan Thomas, the Rollins women’s soccer team advances to the third round of NCAA Division II Tournament action for the second-straight season after dropping the Florida Tech Panthers 3-0 on Saturday evening.

WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 14, 2009) - With a game-winning goal from Meagan Thomas, the Rollins women's soccer team advances to the third round of NCAA Division II Tournament action for the second-straight season after dropping the Florida Tech Panthers 3-0 on Saturday evening.

The Tars (16-1-2) set their sights on Friday, November 20, where they look to take on the winner of the North Alabama/West Florida game, to be played on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Allowing the Tars to advance was sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Dillingham with nine saves on the evening after facing 13 shots from the Panthers (15-4-1).  Joined by her steadfast back line of Leah Hirsch, Maia Ryan, Charlotte Murrell, and Thomas, the Tars notch their 13th shutout of the season.

Thomas kick-started the Tars' scoring spree off of a corner kick opportunity in the 31st minute of action.  Sophomore Ashley Waplinger sent a short kick in to Chelsea Brady, setting up a cross into the box where Thomas was able to send a lofty header past FIT goalkeeper Melissa Pyles.

Rollins saw two goals in the second half from junior forward duo Jessica Deese and Brady, while Waplinger, Brady and Jessica Mooney tallied assists on the evening to complete the scoring efforts for the Tars.

The showdown kicked off evenly matched, with both teams pouring on offensive pressure at any given opportunity.  But the Tars were able to grab hold of some momentum 15 minutes into the game thanks to smart decisions from senior midfielders Rachel Jakubowski and Mooney, and with their intelligent actions the Tars began to dictate the pace of play.

Thomas' goal ignited the game for Rollins, allowing them to hold the upper hand as they entered into the break and explode into the second half with continued fervor as they continued to control the game in all areas of the field.

On paper, both teams came out of the game evenly matched, with FIT leading the shot count 13-11, as well as in shots on goal 9-8.  Dillingham's counterpart was only able to grab five saves on the evening in comparison to her nine, which proved to play a big part in the outcome.

Rollins will have less than a week to prepare for the third round of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament.  For the latest on all of Rollins women's soccer, fans can check out the Tars home on the web at RollinsSports.com.