WINTER PARK, Fla. (men’s soccer) – With everything going the Panthers way from getting into the SSC Tournament and the turn out of the Quarter-Final game
against Tampa, the Panthers were riding a wave of emotions trying to stay atop. The wave came crashing down as the Panthers met the Tars of Rollins College
in the Semi-Finals of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament where the Tech fell short 3-0.
In the first match up against these two teams the game was a tough, hard noised match with both teams offensively and defensively coming up big for their
teams but in the end Rollins got the upper hand winning 3-2.
The start of this game showed no difference as each team knew what each other would bring to the field with the stakes so high. For the Panthers, the
defense played well like they have all year and stuck together meeting every attack by the Tars with solid tackling or strong clears in front of sophomore
goalie Cory Collins (Melbourne, Fla.).
Offensively, the Panthers matched each attack by the Tars with one of their own but couldn’t put any final combinations together to keep the game close.
With the Semi-Final game extending into a shootout and injuries added up on the Panthers roster, Tech couldn’t push past the rested Tars.
Despite the teams’ constant efforts, the Tars struck first off the foot of Chris Cerroni in the 38th minute.
Cerroni and the Tars didn’t stop there; Cerroni was able to notch two more goals throughout the game giving him the hat trick for the game.
On the year the Panthers tallied 43 goals and 29 assists. Freshman Ross Allen (Castel, Guernsey, UK) led the team and the SSC with 14 goals while Teddy
Oyarce (Miami, Fla.) came in second with 6 goals. Teddy and Ross were also one and two for assists but Oyarce led the team with 5 assists and Allen with 4.
Other solid performances throughout the year came from Piers Ockelford (St, Peter’s Port, Guernsey, UK) and Bello Illiassou (Bitan, Gabon, Africa) who
totaled 9 points each; 3 goals and 3 assists. Three players totaled 7 points; Jon Rowley (Rockledge, Fla.), Ryan Gilletti (Melbourne, Fla.), and Brian
Lundy (Satellite Beach, Fla.). Ryan Hagerty (Palm Bay, Fla.) was the loan player who totaled 6 points while 8 players tallied points this year for coach
Chan and the Panthers.
The defense throughout the year consisted of hard play and solid offensive attacks when needed by left d-back Jared Sampson (Port of Spain, Trinidad),
middle d-backs Don Spielman (Melbourne, Fla.) and Brian Lundy (Satellite Beach, Fla.), and right d-backs in a rotation through the year due to injury were
Chad Mason (Landsdale, PA) and Matt Cermack (Melbourne, Fla.). The defense of the Panthers held the team together which earned them some big wins during
the year that could have been losses.
Sophomore goalie, Cory Collins (Melbourne, Fla.) stood in well between the pipes for the Panthers as he saved a total of 65 shots with a save percentage of
.625. Collins allowed 39 goals with a GPG average of 2.08 for the year with a final record of 6-9-4.
The Panthers combined record for the year is 6-9-4 and 2-4-2 in the SSC.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
2006 Florida Tech Men’s Soccer
Florida Tech vs Rollins College (10/28/06 at Winter Park, Fla.)
Florida Tech (6-9-4) vs. Rollins College (12-5-0)
Date: 10/28/06 Attendance: 551
Weather: Sunny and Breezy
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Florida Tech…….. 0 0 – 0
Rollins College….. 1 2 – 3
1. 37:12 RCM Chris Cerroni (unassisted) – Loose ball volley
2. 61:05 RCM Chris Cerroni (Tres Loch;Thomas Makin) – Chip over Cory from outside 18 box
3. 72:26 RCM Chris Cerroni (Jon Gruenewald) – Through ball from midfield past defense leaving 1v1 with goalie
Shots: Florida Tech 5, Rollins College 19
Saves: Florida Tech 2 (Cory Collins 2), Rollins College 2 (Frazer
Asst. Sports Information Director