St. Thomas Scores Twice in Each Half to Down Mocs 4-0
MIAMI GARDENS – With Mike Hiden scoring the first and last goals of the game, and Lucas Irazoqui playing a part in two goals as well, St. Thomas scored twice in each half to defeat Florida Southern 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Though shots were few and far between in the first half, St. Thomas (5-2-2) scored on two of the three it had. Both goals came down the right flank and were set up by Irazoqui in the midfield. The first came in the 16th minute when he received the ball from Jairon Moreno before sending it to Hiden in the upper right corner of the box. Driving in for a closer shot, Hiden connected from 10 yards out to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
The Bobcats did not have another shot until they scored again in the 32nd minute. Irazoqui started that run, and with help from Miyen Spinneli, turned it into a goal by Gabriel Renteria, again with a shot from the right side of the penalty box.
The back line of St. Thomas proved to be a tough assignment, but the Moccasins (1-5) found a couple of cracks and ended the first half with only one less shot than the Bobcats. A header by Billy Locy off a free kick sailed too high in the 14th minute, and St. Thomas defender Julian Montoya saved a goal for his team by stopping a shot by Brad Hunt in the 27th.
That play was set up by a serve from J.D. Ruiz and forced St. Thomas goalkeeper Felipe Londano to square off against Hunt deep in the right corner of the penalty box. Hunt won the battle and got back in position for a shot with Londano out of the net, but Montoya stepped in to prevent the goal.
St. Thomas took a 2-0 lead into halftime and the score remained that way until the final 15 minutes when the Mocs surrendered two fast-break type goals while playing a man down. Until that point, the shot totals were even at seven apiece, but the late surge by the Bobcats allowed them to out-shoot the Mocs, 11-7.
Londano finished with two saves to record the shutout, while Paul DiPalma made three for the Moccasins. One of DiPalma’s came on a free kick by Spinneli in the 59th minute, a driving shot that appeared headed into the upper right corner of the goal before it was knocked away to keep the game close.
Florida Southern returns to Sunshine State Conference play with its next match, another trip to south Florida to face Nova Southeastern on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.