Sept. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Rollins

WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 11, 2009) - The ninth-ranked Rollins women's soccer team became the first squad to score on the No. 2 West Florida Argonauts this season in an eventual 4-2 loss to UWF on their home turf at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field Friday.

With the loss, the Tars take their first set back of 2009 and sit with a mark of 3-1-1, while the Argos stay perfect on the season and pick up a record of 4-0-0.

The Tars exploded onto the pitch and took the Argos by surprise, scoring just one minute into the contest, and then again in the seventh minute of action to pull ahead to a quick 2-0 lead. Senior midfielder Joy Powell set the Tars on fire with the opening goal after dribbling around defenders and firing a quick touch past UWF goalkeeper Courtney Jones.

The swift tally left the Argos in shock, allowing the Tars to control the tempo and give a usually stingy West Florida defense a run for their money. Junior midfielder Mellissa Doerk headed a cross from sophomore Ashley Waplinger to put the Tars up 2-0, but a determined combo of Shakira Duncan and Shaneka Gordon combined for the Argos to put the visitors on the scoreboard in the tenth minute of play and ignite a four goal streak to give West Florida their fourth victory of the season.

Between the pipes for Rollins, sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Dillingham had a solid night, making eight saves on the evening and facing a total of 22 shots from a steadfast West Florida front line. Paired with a back line of Meagan Thomas, Leah Hirsch, Maia Ryan, and Charlotte Murrell, the defensive line for Rollins proved to be a perpetual force on one of the top teams in the nation, holding the Argos to four goals and just 12 shots on frame.

Rollins became established themselves as a force, firing off 11 shots, six on goal, and finding four corner opportunities. West Florida muscled their way throughout the full 90 minutes of play as Rollins played a clean game, leading the foul count 14-9.

The Tars will be back in action on Sunday, September 13 when they take to the pitch for a matchup against Thomas University. Kickoff against the Nighthawks is set for noon at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. Fans can catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at