ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Daniel Moore scored the game-winning goal for the second time in five days as Florida Southern extended its winning streak to three in a row with a 2-1 win at Eckerd Wednesday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins (7-3, 5-2 Sunshine State Conference) took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute thanks to Rene Rivera as the sophomore forward dribbled through the defense in the Eckerd penalty box and beat goalkeeper Alex Gott for his fifth goal of the season.
- Eckerd (3-7-1, 1-6-1) tied the score early in the second half when Westleigh Rush sent a free kick into the box and Liam Guest completed the play with a header inside the right post in the 53rd minute.
- Less than seven minutes later, Moore struck for the game-winner as Foster Appiah slotted him the ball inside the 6-yard box for a one-touch shot and a 2-1 Moccasin advantage. It marked the second game-winning goal in as many games for the redshirt junior defender after he gave the Mocs another 2-1 win over Embry-Riddle on Saturday. That goal came in the 87th minute.
- Both teams had several scoring chances in the final 30 minutes, including Moore again on a corner kick in the 70th minute that was pushed high. Yusufoglu had to make one of his saves in the 80th minute to preserve the Mocs' one-goal lead.
- The Moccasins out-shot the Tritons 13-8, and each goalkeeper, Gott for Eckerd and Benny Yusufoglu for Florida Southern, made three saves.
- Rivera had four shots himself, one of them in the first minute of the game, and another nine minutes in that resulted in a save by Gott before he later put the Moccasins on the board.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- At seven wins for the season, Florida Southern has posted its highest win total since going 7-7-1 in 2011. The five Sunshine State Conference wins are a new school record.
- The Moccasins improved to 18-30-4 all-time against Eckerd, but since 1996, the Mocs are ahead 12-8-2.
- Wednesday night was the fifth time this season the Moccasins allowed less than 10 shots.
- Moore has scored three goals in his career and all of them have come in the last 11 games dating back to last year. The last defender to score more than one goal in a season prior to Moore was current assistant coach Ashley Holmes, who scored twice in 2012.
- The last Moccasin prior to Moore who scored game-winning goals in back-to-back games was Givi Kokaia, who did so in three consecutive games from September 4-10, 2010 (6-1 at St. Andrew's, 3-1 vs. Clearwater Christian, and 3-1 at Thomas (GA)). No one had done that in back-to-back one-goal victories, however, since Tim Cooper in 1997. Cooper gave the Mocs a 1-0 win on a Friday night at West Florida that year on September 12, and two days later beat Montevallo 1-0 in overtime.
- Going back even further, no Moccasin had recorded game-winners in back-to-back conference games in the last 44 years. Alan Grossman had been the last when Florida Southern was still part of the Florida Intercollegiate Conference in 1973. In a 6-1 win over Tampa and an 8-1 win over Embry-Riddle, Grossman scored the second goal in each of those games.
Florida Southern returns home to face Palm Beach Atlantic at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park on Saturday at 7 p.m.