Tech Battles Tars to 3-2 Heart Breaking Loss in Mens Soccer

WINTER PARK, Fla. – On Tech’s Alumni and Homecoming weekend, Tech’s Men’s soccer was upset with a 3-2 loss to the Tars of Rollins College to start off
Homecoming weekend.

Despite not having home field during Homecoming weekend, the Panthers traveled to Winter Park to take on the Tars of Rollins College. The atmosphere served
well for both teams as the Barker Family Stadium was packed to the limits supporting over 500 fans. On the Panthers side was the alumnus of the ’88 and ’91
championship teams, the Panthers Zoo, and many others as they were provided a shuttle to Rollins from Florida Tech.

With the strong rivalry between the two teams, the game played out as many would of thought; a high paced, very competitive battle between two equally
talented teams.

Tech answered first off the strong foot of Edward Oyarce (Miami, Fla.) who picked up a loose ball inside the penalty box ripping a shot to the back post
bouncing it into the back of the net; Panthers were up 1-0 four minutes into the game. The Tars quickly answered back off the head of Leslie Osei
(Evanston, Ill) from a corner kick from Chris Cerroni (Bexleyheath, U.K.) tying the game at 1-1.

The Tars took the lead 2-1 late in the half off a number of quick touches up the side line where Cerroni was able to get past the Panthers defense and chip
the ball over Panthes goalie Cory Collins (Melbourne, Fla.). The Tars Tres Loch (Longwood, Fla.) and Jon Gruenewald (Manlius, NY) was awarded for the
assists on the goal. Going into half, Rollins lead 2-1.

As the second half started, Tech jumped on the opportunity to tie the game at 2-2. The Panthers were able to get into the backfield of the Tars with Bello
Illiassou (Bitam, Gabon, Africa) taking the ball out of the air heading it to Piers Ockelford (St. Peter’s Pork, U.K.); Piers took the opportunity to rip a
shot from 30 yards out which he buried into the back of the net.

With the game tied at 2-2 both teams kept the offensive pressure on to win the game. Unfortunately for the Panthers, an unlucky call was made late in the
game just inside the penalty box giving the Tars a penalty kick. Cerroni again for Rollins took the penalty and scored the essential game winning goal.

Despite their efforts the Panthers fell 3-2 to Rollins moving them to a 4-8-2 overall record and 1-4-1 SSC record.

Next, Tech takes on Palm Beach Atlantic on Tuesday, October 17th in West Palm Beach at 5 pm.

Soccer Game Summary (Final)
2006 Florida Tech Men’s Soccer
Florida Tech vs Rollins College (10/13/06 at Winter Park, Fla)

Florida Tech (4-8-2, 1-4-1) vs. Rollins College (11-3, 5-2)
Date: 10/13/06 Attendance: 678
Weather: Cool Night

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Florida Tech…….. 1 1 – 2
Rollins College….. 2 1 – 3

1. 3:31 FTM Edward Oyarce (6) (unassisted) – loose ball shot from 25 yrds out
2. 5:17 RCM Leslie Osei (2) (Chris Cerroni) – Header off corner
3. 36:52 RCM Chris Cerroni (12) (Tres Loch;Jon Gruenewald) – Connected touches for chip over cory collins
4. 52:49 FTM Piers Ockleford (2) (Bello Illiassou) – header back for shot 25 yrds out
5. 86:09 RCM Chris Cerroni Penalty kick

Shots: Florida Tech 5, Rollins College 12
Saves: Florida Tech 3 (Cory Collins 3), Rollins College 1 (Frazer
Siddall 1)

Nick Lauletta
Ass’t Sports Information Director

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