Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #20 (October 24, 1958)

Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #20 (October 24, 1958)

It would have been nice to start the countdown with the first intercollegiate game ever played at Barnett Field, but the Moccasins lost to Rollins that day in 1957, and no one wants to start a celebration of history that way. The Mocs ended up 1-1-1 at home that season, but the first game on our list and No. 20 on the countdown, was their season opener in 1958, a 5-1 win over Stetson.

Like so many games from the earliest days of Florida Southern soccer, some of the details are vague, but in this case, we do know who scored all five of the goals in that win. In fact, we know who scored every goal that season for the Moccasins, who used their 5-1 victory over the Hatters as a springboard for the Florida Intercollegiate Conference title and a perfect home record. The four-team league was comprised of Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Rollins, and Stetson, and the teams played a double round-robin schedule. For all but one of their first 20 seasons, the Moccasins were part of this conference, and Stetson was the only other school to play in the FIC during every one of those years.

On that Friday afternoon, October 24, the Moccasins got three goals from senior Richard Pike and one apiece from freshmen "Tex" Jackson and Keith Ulmstead. The order of their scoring is unknown, as is when the goals were scored, but Pike's three goals made him the first player in team history with a hat trick. He led the Mocs in scoring that season with 10 goals in seven games, and only three other players since then have managed to have a better goals-per-game average than Pike, who was selected to the all-conference team for the second year in a row.

Jackson would go on to have a fantastic career as one of the early stars of Florida Southern soccer. After scoring six goals as a freshman, he would lead the team in scoring the next three seasons and finished with 22 goals in 28 games. His assist total is unknown, but even if he averaged one per year, it would give Jackson enough points to rank among the top-20 all-time at Florida Southern despite playing significantly fewer games than anyone else on that list.

Either Pike or Jackson would score in every game for the Moccasins that season, who finished with an overall record of 6-1 and a 5-1 mark in the FIC. Pike and Jackson each scored two goals in the season finale at Jacksonville, a 4-1 victory that secured the Mocs' first conference championship.

The 1958 season was one of only two times Florida Southern ever had a perfect record at Pipkin/Barnett Field, albeit while playing only four games there. (The other was 1971 when the Moccasins went 6-0.) Their overall record of 6-1 gave them a winning percentage of .857, which remains the best in team history.