Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #13 (November 2, 1963)

Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #13 (November 2, 1963)

After winning their first conference championship in 1958 when they went 6-1, the Moccasins went through a rough patch over the next four years, during which time they won only four games, two of which came against Emory, the only non-conference team they played during the first eight seasons Florida Southern had a team. 1962 was especially difficult, with the Mocs going 0-6-3, though only one of those games was decided by more than two goals. The Moccasins turned things around the following year, however, and while it wasn't quite worst-to-first in the Florida Intercollegiate Conference, they did go from winless to 5-3 and finish as the FIC runner-up. It's one particular game from that season that makes our top-20 countdown, a 7-0 win over Jacksonville on November 2, 1963.

The Moccasins had started 1963 with losses to Emory and a powerful University of Miami team that won the FIC title that year. In their third game of the season though, the Moccasins traveled north to Jacksonville and snapped a 13-game winless streak that dated back to 1961, and it was a turning point not only for their current season, but for the program as a whole. The Mocs won five of their final seven games and did not have another losing season for 11 years. Their biggest offensive threat in 1963 was Frank Eisenchenk, a local product from Winter Haven who did not play in '62 while living in Germany as an exchange student. Prior to that, he had been an All-FIC midfielder every year from 1959-61, but his best season came in '63 as a senior.

In the game at Jacksonville earlier in the year, Eisenchenk scored five goals in the 6-1 Florida Southern win. A little over two weeks later, on November 2 in the re-match in Lakeland, he was equally efficient, scoring four times in a 7-0 win over the Dolphins. Those represent two of the 16 occasions a Moccasin has scored four or more goals in one game (one of which occurred in 2018), but Eisenchenk is one of only four Moccasins who has done that twice in one season. He's the only one to do that twice against the same team.

The 7-0 win over Jacksonville is noteworthy for two other reasons. At the time, it represented the most goals Florida Southern had scored in its first seven years as an intercollegiate program and it remained the most all the way until 1973. It is also still tied for the largest margin of victory the Moccasins have ever had in a conference game, whether that occurred in the Florida Intercollegiate or the Sunshine State. It would take until another 7-0 win over Eckerd in the 2000 season finale, 37 years later, for the Moccasins to equal that margin in another conference game played at Barnett Field, and they have not done it again since then.

Eisenchenk ended up leading Florida Southern in scoring in 1963 with what was then a school-record 13 goals, and it made him the first and so far the only player in team history to be a four-time all-conference selection. His average of 1.44 goals per game in 1963 has been topped only twice, and he averaged just under a goal per game in his career with 25 in a maximum of 30 games played.

#20 on the Countdown: October 24, 1958
#19 on the Countdown: September 16, 1999
#18 on the Countdown: September 25, 1980
#17 on the Countdown: October 26, 2013
#16 on the Countdown: September 25, 1978
#15 on the Countdown: October 22, 1988
#14 on the Countdown: September 14, 2003