From 2007-10 under head coach Ben Strawbridge, the Florida Southern women's soccer team won 48 games, played in the Sunshine State Conference Championship Game twice and reached the NCAA Tournament three times. It's the most successful four-year run the Moccasins have ever had in soccer and there were plenty of highlights from those seasons that could have made the top-20 countdown. This one is the first but it won't be the last. On September 30, 2009, the Moccasins accomplished something they had never previously done and haven't duplicated since by scoring three goals in less than three minutes time, all at the start of the game in a 5-0 win over Flagler.
In 2009, the Moccasins were coming off a 14-4-2 season that had seen them advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The schedule put together by Strawbridge in 2009 was the most challenging the Mocs had played up to that point in their history, and they had the team to do it. By late September, the Moccasins had already played five teams that would go on to make the NCAA Tournament that season, and while they had some impressive wins during that stretch, they went into their final game of September at 5-5 and needing a boost to get back to the NCAA playoffs. They got that against a Flagler team that arrived at Barnett Field 5-2-1 looking to strengthen its own case for a postseason bid later in the season.
It took the Moccasins almost no time at all to score their first goal with Princess Haley putting their first shot in the back of the net just 40 seconds into the match. Assisted by defenders Lexie Bottomley and Morgan Sammons, who had won the ball for Florida Southern in the back third, that goal remains the only one the Mocs have ever scored in the first minute of a game (though Anna Griessler has come close on two occasions), and they almost did it again a few seconds later.
Just 28 seconds after scoring their first goal of the match, the Moccasins had their second when defender Renee Heacock headed in a corner kick from Alex Hoover at the 1:08 mark, and they weren't quite finished. A little over two minutes after that, and barely more than three minutes into the contest, Hoover again set up for a corner kick, this time assisting centerback Ashlie Haas for a 3-0 Moccasin lead.
Just to recap, that was three shots taken and three goals scored, all in the span of fewer than three minutes (2:44 to be exact), which all came a little over three minutes into the game. The Moccasins had set school records for the quickest goal at the start of a match, the shortest time between two goals, and the shortest time between three goals. The goal scored by Heacock was also the second fastest in team history at that time, though it now ranks fourth behind Haley's and two by Griessler. All four Florida Southern defenders played a role in those three early goals too, with Sammons and Bottomley assisting the first one, and Heacock and Haas scoring the next two.
Florida Southern went on to win that game over Flagler 5-0, receiving an own goal from the Saints in the 37th minute, which was orchestrated by Bottomley and Sammons, before Kerri-Ann Brown finished the scoring in the 61st minute with an assist from Haley. That win started a six-game unbeaten streak for the Moccasins that included conference wins over Barry, Tampa, Lynn, and Saint Leo. They finished as the SSC regular season and tournament runner-up to Rollins and played in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.
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