LAKELAND, FL – After conceding a goal in the 28th minute that gave Eckerd a 1-0 lead, Florida Southern needed only 32 seconds to tie the score, less than four minutes to take the lead itself, and not even the remainder of the first half to turn the game into a rout. The scoring continued well into the second half too as seven different Moccasins scored goals in a record-tying 7-1 win over the Tritons.
With Christoph Gums assisting three of them, the seven goals equaled the most Florida Southern (12-2, 6-2 Sunshine State Conference) has ever scored in a conference match. The only other time the Mocs hit that total was in a 7-0 win over Eckerd in the 2000 season finale at Barnett Field. That win gave Florida Southern its 12th win of the season, just as this one did, leaving the Moccasins one shy of the school record for wins set in 1999.
Goal scorers for Florida Southern on Wednesday were James Meehan, Daniel Moore, Jake Starling, Martin Wall, Alberto Diaz, Taylor Vincent, and Julian Jordan-Canosa, and Diaz added two assists as well. It was the first time the Mocs had seven different players score in a game since an 8-0 win over former cross-town rival Southeastern in 2003.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Eckerd (4-9-1, 2-7 SSC) did not attempt a shot until the 22nd minute and had just four in the game, but the Tritons made the second one count as Pedro Galvao hit a blast from 25 yards just under the crossbar to put Eckerd on top. It was just about as short-lived as a lead could be, as the Moccasins tied things up 32 seconds later with Diaz and Ian McIntosh working the ball through the box for Meehan, who put home his ninth goal of the season.
- The next two goals were almost identical in nature, as first Moore and then Starling connected on leaping headers off corner kicks from Gums. It was Moore's third goal of the season, and his second in the last two games. Starling's goal was the first of his career, and the sophomore defender put Florida Southern up 3-1 in the 41st minute. The Mocs weren't finished in the first half though, as Gums picked up his third assist a little over two minutes later, laying the ball off for Wall inside the box for a 4-1 lead at halftime. It was Gums' second goal of the season and both have come in the last two games.
- The score remained 4-1 until the 66th minute when Diaz connected on a shot from outside the box for the first goal of his Florida Southern career. The sophomore transfer then set up Vincent in the 71st minute, with Vincent going right to left for the shot and his second goal of the season. Jordan-Canosa ended the scoring in the 80th minute after receiving the ball from Eneko Lasheras and taking it into the box for his second goal of 2018.
- The damage could have been worse, as the Mocs twice hit the post, once in the first half by McIntosh and once in the second by Dylan Hansan. Lasheras also hit the crossbar in the 68th minute, and Eckerd defender Jake Willetts robbed Luis Bautista of a goal earlier in the night by stopping a shot on the goal line. The Mocs ultimately turned that play into a goal, however, as it provided Gums with the first of his two goal-assisting corner kicks.
- The Moccasins finished the game with 28 shots, matching their season-high from a 6-0 win over Trinity Baptist in their first game of 2018. Eckerd goalkeeper Mason DeBaets responded by making 11 saves, the second-highest total by any goalkeeper in the Sunshine State Conference this season. It was the third time this year the Moccasins had at least 25 shots.
- Benny Yusufoglu had to make only two saves for Florida Southern, one in each half.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The seven goals by Florida Southern were the most since a 10-0 win over Ave Maria on October 23, 2010, though it was the third time this year the Mocs have scored at least five, and the second time they've scored at least six. The Mocs had not scored as many as six in a conference game since a 6-1 victory over Florida Tech in 2005. The last time Eckerd allowed seven goals was in a 7-0 loss at Lynn on October 16, 2013.
- Though it was only the second time the Mocs ever scored seven goals in a Sunshine State Conference game, they did score seven twice as members of the Florida Intercollegiate Conference before the SSC was formed. One of those was a 7-2 win over Embry-Riddle in 1976, and the other was a 7-0 win over Jacksonville in 1963.
- The Moccasins have won three SSC games in their history by six or more goals and all three have come against Eckerd (6-0 in 1996, 7-0 in 2000, and 7-1 on Wednesday night).
- With Starling and Diaz now on the list, the Moccasins have now had 15 different players score this season. The school record is 18, set in 2004.
- Gums is the first Moccasin with three assists in a game since Nico Guevara did that in a 3-1 win over Warner on September 7, 2013, the first game of Guevara's career. No Moccasin had done that in a conference game since Patrik Danadanell in a 3-3 tie with Nova Southeastern in 2006. Gums now has seven assists for the season, which ranks second in the SSC. He led the league in that department last year, and now has 15 in less than two seasons.
- Meehan is the first Moccasin with 20 points in a season since Zach Hofstetter put up 44 in 2011 to lead the nation in points per game. No newcomer had hit the 20-point mark since freshman Asa Pepia had 21 in 2002.
- DeBaets' 11 saves were the most against Florida Southern since Anthony DeRosse stopped 11 shots for Clearwater Christian on October 15, 2011 in a game the Mocs won 2-0. The last time a goalkeeper had 10 or more against the Mocs in conference play was Eckerd's Krisjans Streips in 2002. He had 12 in a 3-2 overtime win for the Tritons.
Florida Southern travels to West Palm Beach on Saturday for a 7 p.m. match against No. 3 Palm Beach Atlantic. The Sailfish will be the fifth nationally ranked team the Moccasins have played this year.