LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Southern College women's soccer team will take to the field to open the 2019 season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 when it hosts Shorter. Paul Lawrence will begin his third season as the head coach of the Moccasins as they get set to host a pair of games on opening weekend. Game two will bring the Bobcats of Georgia College (Sept. 8) to Moccasin Field to close out the first homestand of the season. A season ago, the Mocs finished with a 5-10-1 record and narrowly missed out on a spot in the Sunshine State Conference tournament.
After graduating a talented senior class, the Mocs have brought in seven talented new players including Jenny Staten in goal, and Kailin Wiley a transfer from Edmonds Community College. Lawrence and his staff will look at the freshmen to make an immediate impact for the team. From the 2018 squad, 22 student-athletes are back for the 2019 season, including seniors Caitlin Quaempts, who earned numerous awards including being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, and Kaitlyn Svopa, who will be called upon to strengthen the midfield. Rachel Peck has been named a team captain for the 2019 season and will be relied on as a voice in the locker room and on the pitch. Along with Staten, Tori Routt is back and the two will compete for the starting goalie position.
With the graduation of the 2018 team MVP, Gaelyn Crowder, the Mocs will rely heavily on a young defense of freshmen and sophomores. Last year, the Moccasins recorded 20 or more goals for the second straight season and the defense kept the opposition off the board in four games.
Florida Southern will travel to Cleveland, Miss. to take on Union (Sept. 13) and Delta State (Sept. 15) for its first road trip of the season. The SSC portion of the schedule will begin when the Mocs head to Palm Beach Atlantic (Sept. 21).
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