AUBURNDALE – Florida Southern's first game under new head coach Jason Carlson was a rousing success, and the return of Romain Voirin was a big reason why. Playing his first game in two years, the redshirt junior scored two goals and assisted another to lead the Moccasins to a 4-1 win over Shorter in their season opener.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern scored two goals in each half and was generally in control of the game from start to finish. The Moccasins also split their shots evenly between each half, holding a 20-5 advantage over the Hawks (0-2).
- Voirin was the Mocs' big gun on Saturday, taking six of their 20 shots, putting four of them on target, and scoring both second-half goals to put the game out of reach.
- Voirin assisted the first goal of the night by sending a corner kick to the back post where it was headed home by senior defender Carl Spansk 4:43 into the game.
- In the 24th minute, one of the Florida Southern newcomers put his name on the stat sheet to give the Mocs a 2-0 lead. It was freshman Fred Lundahl who hit a running shot from just outside the box after taking a pass from sophomore transfer Christoph Gums.
- Shorter scored its only goal four minutes later when Felix Guijosa converted a free kick to cut the score in half. It would be the last shot taken by the Hawks, however, for more than 35 minutes.
- The score remained 2-1 until the final seven minutes when Voirin scored in the 84th and the 88th. The first was a free kick from a similar position to Guijosa's that banked in off the far post. The second was a back post header off a cross from Edward Spansk.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Voirin sat out the 2016 season due to injury after starting 13 games for the Moccasins two years ago. The goals on Saturday were the first of his college career and the assist was his second.
- The goal by Carl Spansk was the second of his career. His first one came two years ago and was also scored on a corner kick.
- 10 different players took a shot for Florida Southern, led by Voirin (6) and Edward Spansk (3).
- Gums had two assists, the second year in a row a freshman has had two assists in an opening night win for the Moccasins. Florian Thumm did that last year in a 5-0 win over Warner.
- Carlson is the fourth consecutive coach to win in his debut at Florida Southern. He follows Kris Pahl (1993), Hugh Seyfarth (2005) and Ryan Sniegoski (2013). All of them saw the Moccasins score at least three goals in those wins.
- Freshman goalkeeper Benny Yusufoglu made three saves in his first collegiate game. He was the first person other than Cole Clingerman to start a game between the posts since October 11, 2014 when Anthony Whyte got the start in a game at Lynn. Clingerman graduated last year as only the second 4-year starting goalkeeper in team history.
- Yusufoglu played behind a back line of returning starters Carl Spansk, Daniel Moore in the middle, with newcomers Foster Appiah and Jake Starling outside. Appiah came to Florida Southern from the University of Mobile while Starling was playing in his first collegiate game after redshirting as a freshman. Another redshirt freshman, Andrew Grimmer, played much of the second half as the Mocs surrendered only five shots.
- Saturday night marked the first time in the team's 61-year history it played a home game away from Barnett Field. The Moccasins will play at least the first month of this season at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.
- The start of the game was delayed by weather for 30 minutes.
Florida Southern will be on the road Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. game at North Greenville College.