Volume 10, Issue 2
AN ALMOST PERFECT START … Florida Southern has been almost perfect in the opening week of the 2010 season. The men’s soccer team is 3-0, the women’s soccer team is 1-0-1 and the volleyball team is 4-0.
MEN’S SOCCER ENJOYS 3-0 START … Three games do not make a season, but the men’s soccer team certainly is enjoying the way the 2010 season has started. Coach Hugh Seyfarth’s squad improved to 3-0 Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Clearwater Christian in their home opener at Barnett Field. Clearwater Christian had 16 players returning from last season’s team that won the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) championship. The 3-0 start is the Moccasins’ best since 2001.
Givi Kokaia had a pair of goals Tuesday, including the go-ahead marker shortly before the end of the first half. Freshman Adam Hansjons added a pair of assists. The defense, which has allowed just two goals in three games, was stellar again, permitting Clearwater Christian only three shots in the contest.
In the season-opening 2-0 win over Mount Olive, newcomer Viktor Bakkioui made an immediate impression, scoring just over two minutes into the game. He then collected the assist on Zach Hofstetter’s goal just before halftime. The shutout was FSC’s first since 2008.
Against St. Andrews Presbyterian, the Moccasins tallied six goals, their highest total since 2005, in a 6-1 decision. Brad Hunt and Jovaughn Howard each scored twice and Bakkioui collected a goal and two assists.
The Moccasins are on the road this weekend, playing at Thomas (Ga.) Friday at 4:30 p.m. and at West Florida Sunday at 3 p.m. (CT).
HOLMES RETURNS TO LEAD MOCS’ DEFENSE … After missing all of last season due to an injury, the Moccasins’ Ashley Holmes has returned to lead the men’s soccer team’s defensive effort. His performance over the weekend was rewarded with the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award. Holmes spearheaded a defensive unit that posted the Moccasins’ first shutout since 2008 in the season opener despite playing a man down the entire second half. The Moccasins have held all three opponents to single digits in shots this season.
MOTHER NATURE KEEPS WOMEN’S SOCCER FROM POSSIBLE 2-0 START … The women’s soccer team’s bid for a possible 2-0 start to the season was spoiled by Mother Nature at Boca Raton. A pair of lightning delays forced the Moccasins to settle for a 1-1 tie with Armstrong Atlantic Sunday after they had beaten Georgia College & State 2-1 in Friday’s season opener. Kara Moore’s goal on a free kick following a penalty with just over nine minutes left in regulation pulled the Moccasins even at 1-1. After neither team scored in the first overtime, a second lightning delay halted play in the second overtime and the game was unable to be finished.
In Friday’s opener, senior Princess Haley had a goal and an assist to become the Moccasins’ career scoring leader with 80 points. Already the Moccasins’ career leader in goals scored (33), Haley’s point total of 80 surpasses the previous record of 78 set by Linda Hoglund (2005-08). Haley’s goal tied the game early in the second half and a short time later she had the assist on a goal by Adi Alvarado to put FSC ahead. The Moccasin defense was superb in the second half, allowing no points and just two shots.
The Moccasins are on the road again this weekend, playing at Thomas (Ga.) Friday at 2 p.m. and at West Florida Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (CT). Next Wednesday the Moccasins open the Sunshine State Conference portion of their season with a 7 p.m. contest against Eckerd at Barnett Field.
VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS FSC CLASSIC … The volleyball team won all four of its matches at the FSC Holiday Inn South Classic, but perhaps even more impressive than the wins was the return of two-time All-American Ashley Martin after a two-year layoff to recover from a shoulder injury. Playing in a match for the first time since Nov. 17, 2007, Martin produced 11 kills, no errors and a .579 hitting percentage in the Moccasins’ season opener against Angelo State. She went on to post double figures in kills in the next three matches to finish the weekend with a team-best 43 kills and a .383 hitting percentage. Also impressive was the play of Lauren Huber, who had 39 kills and a team-high .440 hitting percentage. The Moccasins hit .308 as a team. Anna Niebuhr, who had 78 digs in the four matches, and Martin were the Moccasins’ representatives on the All-Classic Team.
This weekend the Moccasins visit Savannah, Ga., to play in the Armstrong Atlantic Classic for the first time since 2006. Friday they play West Georgia at 2:30 p.m. and North Alabama at 7 p.m. Saturday they meet Augusta State (Ga.) at 10 a.m. and Armstrong Atlantic at 4:30 p.m. Next Wednesday they begin Sunshine State Conference action with a 7 p.m. home match against Florida Tech.
GOLF TEAMS RANKED 1 AND 2 IN PRESEASON POLLS … Expectations are always high for the Moccasin golf teams and Golf World’s Division II preseason coaches polls indicate this year is no exception. In the men’s poll, coach Doug Gordin’s defending national champions are ranked first. Coach Robbie Davis’s women’s team is ranked second in the women’s poll. The FSC men return three of the five golfers who won last spring’s national title – Jude Eustaquio, Shelton Smith and Peter Creighton. The FSC women have four of their top five returning – Marianne Andersson, Silvie Dittertova, M.J. Audette and Emily Flanigan – from last spring’s third-place team. The strength of the Sunshine State Conference is reflected in the fact that four of the top five men’s teams are from the SSC – FSC #1, Barry #2, Nova Southeastern #3, Lynn #5 – and four of the top six women’s team are from the SSC – Nova Southeastern #1, FSC #2, Rollins #3, Barry #6.
The FSC men start their fall season at the West Florida’s Sandestin Invitational Sept. 27-28 at Destin. The FSC women open their fall campaign at the Daytona State Invitational Sept. 25-26 at Daytona Beach.
MOCCASIN MEDIA GUIDES AVAILABLE ONLINE … As they are completed, FSC’s 2010-11 media guides for the Moccasin athletic teams can be viewed at this location - http://issuu.com/fscmocs/docs. Meanwhile, the 2009-10 media guides currently are available at the same location.
THE MOCS REPORT … The weekly Mocs Report can be heard on WLKF (1430 AM) in Lakeland each Friday at approximately 7:35 a.m. FSC Sports Information Director Bill Turnage provides information and updates on Moccasin Athletics each week with “Mayhem in the AM” host Seth Mela.
MOCCASIN UPDATES … SnakeBytes is just one way to follow the Mocs. Fans also can get the latest scores and schedule updates from the FSC Sports Information Hotline. Call 680-3954 locally or toll-free at 1-800-825-MOCS (6627). You also can sign up for e-scores and have Moccasin results come to your cell phone or computer. Go to the Moccasin athletics web site at www.fscmocs.com, then click on the e-scores link to sign up. Become a fan of the Mocs on Facebook at http://bit.ly/fscmocs or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fsc_athletics.