M. Soccer

Hofstetter Selected First Team All-Region

Fresh off his record-setting season for the Moccasins, senior forward Zach Hofstetter was selected First Team All-South Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Hofstetter is the 24th all-region selection Florida Southern has had in men's soccer, but only fourth to make First Team.

Hofstetter, who moved to forward this season after playing two years as a midfielder, led Florida Southern in goals (17), assists (10) and points (44). That earned him First Team All-Sunshine State Conference honors for the second year in a row. He's the first player in team history with double digit goals and double digit assists in the same season, and his 44 points rank second on the Mocs' all-time single season list. Only Alan Grossman had more, scoring 22 goals and 47 points in 1973. Hofstetter had at least one point in 12 of Florida Southern's 15 games this year, and had three or more points in nine of them.

Hofstetter made more history for the Moccasins by becoming the first Florida Southern field player to lead the country in any statistical category. The NCAA recognizes individual champions based on per-game averages, and Hofstetter was #1 in both points per game (2.93) and goals per game (1.13). He nearly pulled off the trifecta by finishing second in assists per game (0.67) for the second year in a row. Erik Pajunk of Barton (NC), led Division II this year with 0.78 per game.

In January, Hofstetter will also be taking part in the Infosport Pro Soccer Combine being held in Bradenton and Sarasota. The combine has turned out numerous players in recent years for MLS, USL, NASL and MISL.

Prior to this year, Florida Southern's most recent First Team All-South Region pick was forward Mike Nance in 2000. Defender Bruce Manuel was First Team All-South Region in 1999, and goalkeeper Tim Moore was a First Team selection in 1988.

This year's All-South Region Team was dominated by the Sunshine State Conference, with all but one first team player, and 14 of the 22 selections overall, coming from the SSC.

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