DAVIE – A goal by Christoph Gums less than three minutes into the game put Florida Southern ahead, and goals 70 seconds apart by Hinrik Atli Smarason and Dani Morillo early in the second half provided the final margin as the Moccasins defeated Nova Southeastern 3-0 Saturday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins (5-3, 3-2 Sunshine State Conference) took control right from the outset, needing only 30 seconds to take their first shot, and exactly 2:39 to score their first goal. It came from Gums who ripped one from 25 yards for his fourth goal of the season.
- Gums had another go at one in the ninth minute but put it too high, and the Mocs took four more shots in the span of 2½ minutes beginning at the 11:29 mark. All four of those were on target too, including a pair by Rene Rivera that were saved by NSU goalkeeper Jack Howard.
- Nova Southeastern (3-5, 1-3) had the next four shots before the Mocs had four more in the final 10 minutes of the half. One of those came from Daniel Moore on a corner kick in the 44th minute, with the junior center back putting a header off the post. That kept the score 1-0 at the break, with the Mocs out-shooting the Sharks 11-4.
- Florida Southern expanded on its lead when Smarason scored his first goal of the season in the 55th minute, a volley off a punch-out by Howard, set up by Gums, who notched his league-leading seventh assist on the play.
- Just over a minute later, Morillo made it 3-0 with his second goal of 2017, assisted by Rivera off an initial shot that hit the post.
- The Moccasins threatened again in the 63rd and 64th minutes but Howard saved shots by Georg Michajlov and Edward Spansk, and Gums later hit the crossbar in the 89th with the last shot of the night for Florida Southern.
- With both teams taking eight shots in the second half, Florida Southern finished with a 19-12 advantage. Gums, Rivera and Michajlov all had three, and Rivera put all of his on frame.
- Benny Yusufoglu made five saves in his second shutout of the season behind Moore, Foster Appiah, Jake Starling and Andrew Grimmer. Howard was forced into eight for Nova Southeastern.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern is now 9-17-1 against the Sharks all-time, but is 4-3 since 2012 with four shutouts, including three on the road.
- Florida Southern's 19 shots were only one off the team season-high of 20, which came in the 4-1 win over Shorter to open the year.
- The Moccasins have scored in the first five minutes of a game this year three times (Carl Spansk vs. Shorter, Gums vs. Saint Leo, and Gums at Nova Southeastern).
- Both of Florida Southern's shutouts this year have come in conference play, against Saint Leo and Nova Southeastern.
- Saturday night marked the fifth time this year the Moccasins have scored at least three goals, and they've done so in all three of their conference wins. Those five games are the most for Florida Southern since it happened seven times in 2011.
- Gums has either scored a goal or assisted one in six of Florida Southern's eight games this year.
- Smarason became the 11th different Moccasin to score this year.
Florida Southern will be off on Wednesday before returning to action next Saturday night, October 14, against Embry-Riddle at 7 p.m.