Rollins Takes Over No. 1 Spot in NSCAA Poll

Rollins College women’s soccer takes the top spot on the NSCAA Division II National poll, the highest ranking in the program’s history.

(Photo by Jim Hogue Photos) (Photo by Jim Hogue Photos)

Following a perfect 2-0 start, Rollins moved up a spot to No. 1 in the NSCAA Division II National Poll, it was announced on September 8. The ranking is the highest in the program's history.

The Tars opened the year with a pair of wins in the CSU Collegiate Invitational in Columbus, Georgia.

In game one last Friday, Rollins cruised to a 2-0 win over Lee University. Emma Bloom ’17 and classmate Mora Johnson ’17, last season’s leading scorer, both scored in the win while Ali Jenkins ’17 finished with an assist. In goal, Mary Spring ’16 recorded a clean sheet with three saves, moving her career shutout total to 22.5, the second most in program history.

The Tars then followed up with another dominating performance, blanking Newberry, 3-0, on Sunday. Rollins controlled the game from the start, outshooting the Wolves, 14-4, in the first half and 28-8 for the game. Bloom continued her hot start, leading Rollins with two goals on six shots, giving her three through two games. First-year student Kathryn O'Brien ’19 accounted for the third Tars score, her first of her collegiate career. Rollins’ suffocating defense held Newberry with just four shots on goal, making for an easy afternoon for Spring to post her second shutout in as many games.

Saint Rose (2-0-0) also moves up a spot this week, taking over the No. 2 spot, while Columbus State (2-0-0) jumps from fifth to No. 3. Minnesota State-Mankato moves up two spots to No. 4 with West Chester (2-0-0) rounding out the top-five. The preseason No. 1 Grand Valley State (1-1-0) fell 11 spots down to No. 12.

Around the SSC, Barry jumped three spots to No. 10 while Saint Leo falls to No. 21, down four spots this week.

The Tars will be back in action on Friday, September 11, hosting West Florida at 4:30 p.m. Fans that can’t make it to the game can catch all the action live in HD on the Gieco Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com.