Repeat Performance: Hofstetter and Holmes Make First Team All-SSC Again
For the second year in a row, Zach Hofstetter and Ashley Holmes were voted to the All-Sunshine State Conference Men’s Soccer Team, with both players First Team selections. Hofstetter and Holmes also made First Team All-SSC in 2010, making them the third and fourth players in team history to earn that honor in back-to-back seasons.
A senior from Lakeland’s George Jenkins High School, Hofstetter moved from midfield to forward this year and led the league in scoring during the regular season with 44 points. His 17 goals were second in the SSC to Mark Anderson’s 19 goals for Barry, and his 10 assists were the best total in the SSC for the second year in a row. That made him the first Moccasin in the program’s 55-year history with double digits in both goals and assists, and his final total of 44 points was the second highest in team history. Only Alan Grossman had more, with 47 points on 22 goals and three assists in 1973. Hofstetter’s 2.93 points per game currently rank #1 in NCAA Division II.
Holmes was also a First Team All-SSC pick for the second year in a row, though he remained at his normal center back position where the redshirt junior has started all but two games the last two seasons. This year, he was also Florida Southern’s second leading scorer with six goals and 13 points, the highest totals for a Moccasin defender since Robbie Sanger had six and 15 in 2000, and the most goals and points for any defender in the SSC this year. With Holmes on the back line, the Moccasins have seen their goals against average drop dramatically the past two seasons while they’ve beaten four top-25 teams.
Prior to Hofstetter and Holmes, Florida Southern had just two players selected First Team All-SSC two consecutive years. Goalkeeper Tim Moore was a First Team honoree in 1987 and ’88, and forward Asa Pepia earned the same honor in 2004 and 2005.