Rollins College currently holds the HeroSports #1 spot after their 4-0 weekend win over Lynn University. The win improves the Tars record to 5-1 on the season. It came in a dominant performance, where they outshot their opponents 30 to 8. The game saw leading scorers Mora Johnson and Brenna McKee each score their fifth goals of the season. The pair has been a crucial part of the Tars success so far this season, and their continued influence will be important as Rollins faces four teams ranked in the top 50 in their next 5 matches.
Rollins began the season with blowout wins against Lenoir-Rhyne and Georgia College, before edging out highly-ranked West Florida in a 2-1 upset victory. They suffered their first defeat against Columbus State at a neutral site in Pensacola, Florida. Despite the heroic performance of goalkeeper Mary Spring, who made a season-high six saves in the loss, the Tars were sunk by a goal that came with less than 90 seconds remaining. They bounced back three days later with a 5-0 victory over #33 Saint Leo.
Head coach Alicia Schuck has created a balanced squad comprised of seven experienced seniors and nine talented sophomores. After moving from attack to defense during her junior season, senior defender Azure Dorsey now leads all Tars outfield players in minutes played and started every game as the rock in defense. Senior goalkeeper Mary Spring has played every minute so far this season, and has racked up 19 saves so far. Redshirt senior striker Brenna McKee has had a hand in producing 10 goals this season, tallying five goals and five assists in six matches this season.
The sophomores made their presence felt during the 5-0 win over Saint Leo in their out of conference clash. The sophomore contingent scored all five goals in the clash, including a hat-trick from Mora Johnson. She is currently tied for the team lead in goals and has notched 5 goals and two assists on the season. Her classmates, Paxton Sickler and Emma Bloom both scored in that match. Sickler has been impressive so far this season with four goals and five assists, continuing the form that earned her All Sunshine State first team honors last season.
The Tars do not have a midweek game this week, giving them an opportunity to rest before they open their Sunshine State Conference schedule on Saturday against #34 Florida Tech. After that, difficult tests remain against #12 Florida Southern and #6 Barry. With a balance of talent in attack and defense, Rollins has the ability to succeed at both ends of the pitch.