MOCCASINS DOMINANT IN 6-0 WIN OVER THOMAS
10 Different Players Record a Point
THOMASVILLE, GA - With 10 different Moccasins either scoring a goal or assisting one, and the defense allowing just two shots, it would be hard to pick any one player as the star of Friday's game at Thomas University. That being said, Erin Hopkins still found a way to stand out from the group. The senior from Winter Haven became the sixth player in team history with a hat trick as Florida Southern routed Thomas, 6-0.
"I'm very proud of the effort today," said FSC coach Ben Strawbridge. "It was good to get some confidence back after a couple of tough losses. Especially going up against a very good West Florida team on Sunday."
The Moccasins (2-2) equaled the school record for largest margin of victory, now accomplished four different times. The last two have been against the Night Hawks (1-3), including another 6-0 win last year. This time around, the Mocs out-shot them 29-2, with the two shots only one short of the school record for fewest allowed in a game.
The Moccasins scored early and often, with Hopkins picking up two goals in the first 7:29, and Christina Crooks scoring at the 14:27 mark. By the end of the first half, Alex Hoover also found the back of net to give the Mocs a commanding 4-0 lead. Hopkins completed her hat trick 13 minutes into the second half, and Princess Haley scored in the closing seconds for the final goal.
The hat trick by Hopkins was her second multi-goal game of the season. She scored her first goal on Friday just 2:16 into the match after the Mocs worked the ball down the left flank, starting with Kristen Vollmer in the back. A little over five minutes later, Hopkins was on the board again, this time after taking a feed from Liz Gorman, beating a defender into the box and sliding a shot past goalkeeper Heather Collins.
The next two goals were both scored off corner kicks, with Crooks doing the honors on a header in the 15th minute, and Hoover connecting near the back post on the second.
While the Moccasins scored four times in the first half, the Night Hawks never got a shot. The only real threat came in the 31st minute when Aida Vojnikovic made a long run down the left flank. However, she was cut off in the box by Lexie Bottomley, forcing a bad pass into the middle. Lindsey Koovackal then cleared the ball, ending the threat.
Koovackal would later make an impact on the offensive end with a corner kick that set up the Mocs' fourth goal of the first half.
Florida Southern could have done even more damage but hit the crossbar twice in the first half and Hanna Jansson had a shot blocked at close range inside the box.
While substituting liberally throughout the match, Florida Southern also controlled the second half, though Thomas did manage two shots. Both came in the first five minutes. Mandy Ballinger had a try from outside the box but the shot was right at goalkeeper Martina Tangen Billing. Not long after, Natashalee Scott got free on the left side of the box but Tangen Billing denied her with a difficult save.
Hopkins scored her third goal of the match immediately after that, giving her six through the first four games. She was removed at that point with the Mocs ahead 5-0. It marked the second year in a row a Moccasin had a hat trick against Thomas. Princess Haley did the same in 2007.
"I have to give a lot of credit to this team for trusting me," said Strawbridge. "We've used a lot of different lineups this year with people playing in different positions, and they haven't questioned it. It's good a coach to have that kind of trust."
Florida Southern will square off against the University of West Florida on Sunday in Pensacola. Game time is 12:30 central time. The Argonauts are ranked #5 in the country and had not given up a goal through their first four games.
FSC 4 2 - 6
TU 0 0 - 0
SCORING: FSC--Hopkins (Vollmer, Bachteler), 2:16; FSC--Hopkins (Gorman), 7:29; FSC--Crooks (Hoglund), 14:27; FSC--Hoover (Koovackal, Haas), 37:59; FSC--Hopkins (unassisted), 58:00; FSC--Haley (Gorman), 89:48. SHOTS: FSC 29, TU 2. CORNER KICKS: FSC 9, TU 3. SAVES: FSC 2 (Tangen Billing), TU 8 (Collins). FOULS: FSC 4, TU 4. CAUTIONS: None.