LAKELAND, FL – Christoph Gums scored his first two goals of the season, and the first two of the game on Sunday, and Florida Southern continued its season-opening win and shutout streaks with a 3-0 victory over Newberry.
Gums scored in the 17th and 62nd minutes, his second a chip shot from distance, and Ian McIntosh finished the scoring in the 77th. The Moccasins, who are now 4-0 for the first time since 2010, out-shot the Wolves (1-3-1) by a healthy 19-4 margin in equaling the second longest shutout streak in team history.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins gained an advantage almost right at the outset when Newberry's Giacomo Salvarezza was red-carded 45 seconds into the contest for a foul against Jacob Ling-Vannerus. As the last defender on a breakaway attempt, the ejection was automatic and it forced the Wolves to play a man down for the remainder of the game.
- Not surprisingly, the Mocs dominated possession after that and scored their first goal in the 17th minute. An initial shot taken by Ling-Vannerus, on approach from the left side of the box, was saved by Newberry goalkeeper Brad Dixon, but Gums was in position for the rebound and put it in the net for his first goal of the season.
- Still leading 1-0 after several close calls earlier in the second half, Gums put his name in the scorebook again in the 62nd minute with an even more impressive goal. Following a throw-in from the Mocs' own defensive third, Foster Appiah sent the ball long down the center of the field, and when Newberry center back Tarek Malz had trouble with the clearance, Gums stepped in and won it back for Florida Southern. With Dixon far out of the net, Gums elected to immediately chip the ball from 35 yards and watched it sail over Dixon's leaping reach for a 2-0 Moccasin lead.
- McIntosh recorded his second goal of the season with 13:47 remaining, steaking up the center of the field to take a thru-pass from Georg Michajlov and beat Dixon on the dribble to the near post.
- That goal by McIntosh was the final shot taken by either team, and the Wolves had just one shot in the second half. That was easily saved by Benny Yusufoglu in the 71st minute, but his two saves in the first half were more extreme. The sophomore goalkeeper made one against Ibrahim Nadir in the 16th minute and later pushed a header at close range by Nadir over the bar in the 24th. Both of those chances came following Newberry free kicks. With three saves in the match, Yusufoglu posted his fourth consecutive shutout, one short of Cliff Dixon's team record set in 1997. He needs two more minutes to move into the top five for consecutive scoreless minutes by a Moccasin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern's streak of four consecutive shutouts equals the second longest in team history. The Moccasins also had four in a row in October of 1997, and again in September of 2002. The school record is five straight from September 12, 1997 through October 3, 1997 (West Florida, Montevallo, Rollins, Nova Southeastern and Wingate).
- The Moccasins have now gone 11 straight games without allowing more than one goal, which is the longest such streak in the program's 62-year history. They had twice done that in 10 consecutive games. Sunday's starting back line consisted of Jake Starling and Claus Lehland at outside back, and Daniel Moore and Foster Appiah in the center. Anton Lindbom and Nick Atwood again played on the back line as reserves to help extend the streak.
- Lehland nearly picked up an assist on one of the near-miss scoring chances the Mocs had in the second half. His cross from the left flank was deflected just out of the reach of James Meehan who was running deep inside the Newberry penalty area.
- Gums was denied a hat trick by Dixon in the 70th minute when Dixon stopped a shot at point-blank range.
- Brad Dixon is the active Division II leader in saves with 306 in his career. He had four on Sunday against Florida Southern.
- Nadir took three of Newberry's four shots in the game.
- Florida Southern and Newberry were meeting for the first time.
Florida Southern will open Sunshine State Conference play next Saturday in Boca Raton with a 6 p.m. match at top-ranked Lynn University, last year's NCAA Division II national runner-up.