WINTER PARK, Fla.– The Tars of Rollins College (1-0-0) opened their 2005 season with a 5-1 victory over Florida Tech (0-1-0). The Tars dominated play
throughout the game, scoring all five goals in the first half. Five different players notched their first goals of the season and Tar goalkeeper Frazer
Siddall (Les Lauriers, Channel Islands) recorded his first victory of the season.
The scoring began in the 11th minute when Rollins senior Matthew Gowen (Palm City, Fla.) found the back of the net off of a pass from freshman Jon
Gruenewald (Manlius, N.Y.). The score was the senior’s first goal of his career.
Christopher Chafin (Lake Worth, Fla.) continued the scoring when he notched his first goal of the season after his shot from the top of the box deflected
off a Florida Tech defender into the net in the 22nd minute. Sixty ticks later the Tars made it 3-0 when Ryan Dodds (Windermere, Fla.) grabbed the ball at
the half-line, powered down the field past the Panther defenders and rocketed a shot past Florida Tech goalkeeper Ashley Foster.
The scoring for the Tars continued when, after entering the game in the 35th minute, Leslie Osei (Evanston, Ill.) wasted no time and scored his first goal
as a Tar in the 36th minute, putting the Tars up 4-0. The Panthers quickly attacked and senior forward Mohammed Al-Sharif (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) was
brought down by a Tars defender in the penalty area. Senior midfielder Gerardo Valerio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) stepped up and knocked the penalty shot past
Tar goalie Siddall, shrinking the Tars’ lead to 4-1.
Rollins wrapped up their scoring when Gowan found Juan Kusnir (Maitland, Fla.) at the top of the box and he put it past Foster for the score.
The second half saw the Tars control the tempo of the game and continue their lockdown defense, which shined all night, allowing only three shots on goal.
Seniors Daniell Robertson (Stockton-on-Tees, UK) and David Dwyer (Preston, UK) gave strong defensive performances, along with Anthony Santiago (Oviedo,
Fla.) and James Taylor (Purley, UK).
Freshman Panther goalkeeper Cory Collins (Melbourne, Fla.) was able to keep the Tars scoring to the five in the first half with a great second half save
The Panthers will be on the road next week traveling to West Palm to face Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m.