Women's Soccer Falls Three Spots in National Poll
After going 2-1 last week, including a split of two games in Texas, Florida Southern fell from #12 to #15 in the national rankings, but the Moccasins (5-1-1 overall) will have a chance to make that up and then some with their two games this week. On Tuesday night, the Mocs travel to Winter Park to face 6th-ranked Rollins, and on Sunday they'll meet North Alabama in a re-match of last year's first-round game in the the NCAA Tournament.
The game with Rollins (4-1) will mark only the second time the Moccasins have played in a game matching two nationally ranked opponents. The other came in 2008, and was also at Rollins when the Moccasins were ranked 23rd and the Tars were 8th. Rollins used three second-half goals that night to win 5-1 and claim its first SSC regular season title. The Tars won both the regular season and tournament titles last year, while Florida Southern has been the SSC Tournament runner-up each of the last two years.
Florida Southern and North Alabama (5-2) met in the first round of last year's NCAA South Region Tournament in Pensacola, and will meet again on neutral ground this year in Columbus, Georgia. In their most recent encounter, the Moccasins held a 2-1 lead at halftime, but the Lions scored twice in the second half, including the game-winner with 4:43 remaining to pull out a 3-2 win that ended Florida Southern's 2009 season.
Both of this week's games will also play a big role in determining the NCAA South Region rankings that begin next week and are used to select the six teams from the region that will advance to postseason play in November.