Written By: Kristin Whitman
The dark, thick, flammable liquid of the Rollins College Tars distilled over the VSU Blazers in the second round of the South Regional Tournament Sunday afternoon.
The Blazers’ (12-7-2) run came to an end in the NCAA South Regional tournament with a 1-0 loss to No. 8 RC (17-2).
The Blazers defeated Christian Brothers University in the first round of the tournament on Friday in a double overtime, 1-0.
Paxton Sickler, sophomore midfielder for RC, cracked the scoreboard with a goal on a penalty kick in the first half of play that held up for the Tars.
The first half was offensively controlled by RC outshooting VSU 13-1.
After the first eight attempts on goal the Tars connected for a goal in the 21st minute of play when Emma Jones, senior midfielder was fouled in the box. The ensuing penalty kick by Sickler found the lower left corner of the net past VSU goalkeeper Olivia Mills.
VSU had its one and only goal opportunity in the first half as senior forward Zahimara Fantauzzi fired the ball towards RC senior goalkeeper Mary Springs. Springs stopped the shot to go into halftime with RCs remaining lead of 1-0.
The Blazers came out in the second half with intense fire and ended up having a more equal goal count as Rollins took six to the Blazers two.
VSU maintained control of the ball throughout much of the last 10 minutes of the match, but was unable to get a shot off and the team first season with new head coach Rebecca Nolin came to an end.