Last Wednesday, Rollins went up against Lynn University’s Fighting Knights, No. 8 in the division. It was a tough game for Rollins, and though both teams played aggressively, the Tars lost 5-3 in Sunshine State Conference action.
The Fighting Knights scored in the first two minutes of the game with a questionable call that resulted in a penalty kick. However, the Tars recovered when Alexis Martinez ‘17 shot to the back of the net with a penalty of his own, tying up the two sides 1-1.
Rollins took the lead minutes later when Matt Volk ‘18 shot a beautiful header off to the bottom side of the goal. Volk’s goal was the Tar’s ninth goal of the year and moved him to fifth in the Sunshine State Conference for goals scored. Fans cheered in excitement as their home team took the lead. This boost of support for the Tars helped them maintain their lead up to the halftime break.
The Fighting Knights competed with renewed vigor following the break. Playing with everything they had, Lynn supporters enthusiastically applauded as their team evened the score to 2-2 only three minutes into the second half. Soon after, James Crowley ‘18 put the Tars back on top when he received the ball from Tosan Ebigbeyi-Popo ‘17 and shot it between the legs of the Lynn goalkeeper. This gave the Tars a 3-2 lead over the Fighting Knights.
Lynn, however, did not give up without a fight. The Fighting Knights turned up the pressure and were able to find the back of the net three more times during the rest of the half to earn a 5-3 win. Jack Watson, from the opponent’s’ offense, tallied a hat-trick during the game. Rollins continues on at 7-5-1 for the season overall and 3-4-1 in conference play.
This was the Tars’ first home loss of the season, putting them at 2-1-1 for home matches. Home team fans were devastated, but there is still some hope: Tars can look forward to cheering on the team in the coming games at Barker Family Stadium and elsewhere.
Come cheer our Tars on to victory at future home games; the next opportunity to support Rollins is this Sunday, Oct. 30.
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