Mocs Breakup Barry's Scoreless Streak, but Bucs Win 3-1
LAKELAND – Facing the nation’s leading goal scorer in Mark Anderson, the Moccasins knew they’d have their work cut out for them Saturday night. What they may not have counted on was Buccaneers’ goalkeeper Johnny Rodrigues providing perhaps the deepest cuts of all. Anderson did score for the Bucs, but Rodrigues assisted a game-changing goal late in the first half before coming up with two huge saves in the second half to help #11 Barry come away with a 3-1 win over Florida Southern.
The game matched the top two individual scorers in Division II, with Anderson leading the nation with 18 goals coming into play, and Florida Southern’s Zach Hofstetter putting up a national-best 41 points on 16 goals and nine assists. Anderson added to his total in the 28th minute when he chipped a shot from the left side of the box over Andres Guzman to give the Buccaneers (11-1-3, 3-1-3 Sunshine State Conference) a 1-0 lead. It was one of six shots taken by Anderson in the first half, but the Moccasins (6-7-1, 2-5) shut him down in the second half, allowing him to take just one.
It looked as if the score would remain 1-0 at halftime, but the Bucs were able to score again with 16 seconds left in the first half. It came after a punt by Rodrigues went down the right side of the field to Connor Randel, who beat a defender into the box and hit the net with his fourth goal of the season.
“I thought we played pretty evenly in the first half,” said FSC head coach Hugh Seyfarth. “Mark Anderson scored the type of goal he’s been scoring all year, but our response to that was positive and we didn’t let it affect us. Then we fell asleep in the last minute and allowed Barry to score a second goal that was just inexcusable.”
The Moccasins held the Buccaneers to just one shot in the first 25 minutes of the second half, but couldn’t make up any ground with only two shots of their own. Luke Jenner almost got the Mocs on the board in the 67th minute after taking a pass from Gustaf Ytterbom, but Rodrigues denied him with one of his big saves in the game. Two corner kicks followed, but the Mocs were unable to turn either of them into shots.
Then Barry nearly scored on a corner kick when Augusto Medal pushed a header past Guzman, but Adam Hansjons stopped it at the back post to keep it a 2-0 game. The next time the Bucs were in the box, Medal was stopped again at close range, this time by Guzman, but the ball bounced across the goal mouth and Randy Taylor was there to punch it home for a 3-0 Barry lead with 16:40 remaining.
In the 80th minute, Rodrigues again stepped up for Barry with a spectacular save against Logan Albritton, and again the Mocs were unable to use the ensuing corner kick to their advantage.
The Mocs did, however, break up the shutout when Jenner scored in the 87th minute. It was orchestrated by Yetterbom, as Jenner flicked a header into the net after taking his teammate’s cross from the left flank. The goal was the first allowed by Barry in nearly five games. The Bucs came into the match with three straight shutouts, and had not surrendered a goal since the fourth minute of a 1-1 tie with Tampa on October 8, a span of more than 463 minutes.
It was the second time this year Florida Southern broke up a long scoreless streak by an opposing defense. The Mocs did the same in a 3-1 loss to Lynn in September.
“We came out with a lot of energy in the second half and were all over them, but the difference was Rodrigues,” said Seyfarth. “He made a couple of very impressive saves. I’m extremely proud of how hard we fought though. We absolutely worked our socks off. Barry is a very good team, and very well-coached, so you have to give them credit.”
Florida Southern will end the season against another nationally ranked team on Thursday when it hosts #8 Rollins at 7:00 p.m.