The Rollins Tars welcomed Palm Beach Atlantic for a tight game Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Family Barker Stadium. Palm Beach is not yet qualified for the Sunshine State Conference, but this match still counted as a conference game for Rollins and could potentially catapult them up to the top rankings, as PBA is ranked as #4 in the nation and are still undefeated in the conference.
The Tars conceded an early goal after six minutes of play. Lucas Kuscevic of Palm Beach went up unchallenged on a corner to head the ball past Drew Trautmann ’17 in the Rollins goal. The game was close in the first half, but Rollins failed to test the goalkeeper enough, recording only 2 shots before halftime.
In the 58th minute, however, Matt Volk, #12, drew the Tars level with a classy finish one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Rollins pushed on for the win, recording a total of 13 shots in the second half, but it was PBA who would score the winner in the 78th minute after a well-placed shot hit the post and the rebound was converted by Cleef Desir.
Rollins had their opportunities to get back into the game, including a dangerous-looking volley from #6, André Nansen ’19, in the final seconds, but PBA’s goalkeeper put in a good shift for the night with 5 top-drawer saves. Other noteworthy performances were the ever-impressing Tosan Popo ’17, #14, who always looked dangerous with the ball and tested the goalie with 2 shots, and Joe Beguiristain ’18, #21, who started his first game of the season and looked comfortable in his right-back position.
The next game for the Tars is Wednesday, Oct. 28th, versus Embry Riddle in Daytona Beach, Florida.