Imagine this: Your team is tied 0-0 in the South Regional Semi-Final. A late push is made up the field. The shooter stops. She positions the ball with her feet. The ball is blasted. It sails through the air until it finds its way to the back of the net. Complete euphoria. But that’s just one team’s story.
For the lady Tars, however, this was a season full of success and extended an opportunity to learn and become stronger. Alicia Schuck, a Rollins graduate, now Head Coach, had this to say about their success this season:
“Winning the Sunshine State Conference on our home field on senior night was the best moment of the season. We went from last place in the conference to first through the [team’s hard work]. It’s an absolutely amazing accomplishment for the team and the day we lifted the trophy, at home, on senior night, is something that not one of our players will ever forget – especially our senior class.”
Breanna McKee ‘15 led her team this season in offense. She scored 11 goals and six assists that propelled the team to victory. “Brenna is a very special player on our team as well as someone who is recognized in the Conference and as a Regional Player. Her competitive attitude and winning mentality, along with her physical gifts are what allows her to do things on the field that other players cannot,” said Schuck. Schuck credits Rollins for their ability to allow students to be successful, well-rounded students.
There is so much support and motivation for the individual.
“Rollins provides an environment where it is very easy to be successful on and off the field. There is so much support and motivation for individual that the individual’s talents, desires and goals, both on and off the field, can be met with a purpose. The players and students who figure this out early in their careers are the ones who are most successful and the ones we call our most ‘outstanding’ students and athletes.”
Rollins played aggressive defense all season, holding Tampa to a 10-4 shot-advantage in the Semi-Final. When asked how the Tars need to improve to go further in the tournament next year, Coach Schuck said:
“We have a very solid foundation of returning players for the 2013 season and they have the gifted soccer abilities to put Rollins into NCAA games, Conference championship games, etc. With another year of experience we’ll be the ones moving on to further rounds in the NCAAs. Additionally, we are adding a phenomenal group of 2013 incoming players [three of whom] are attacking players who have a knack to find the back of the net, and we hope they can bring additional skills to our attack as well as the defense.”
Now you have the other team’s story. It’s a story about overcoming challenges, teamwork and winning both in the classroom and on the field. Next year, the lady Tars look to bring talent and zeal and write another chapter in their story.