Four Moccasins Make All-SSC Women's Soccer Team
While Florida Southern continues play in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament, four Moccasins were voted to the All-SSC women’s soccer team. All four are on the league all-star team for the first time in their careers, led by First Team selection Alyssa Abrahamsen, and senior Morgan Sammons, a Second Team pick. Kara Moore and Caroline Evers were also voted to the Second Team. The four all-conference selections equal the second most the Moccasins have ever had, one short of the school record set in 2008.
Abrahamsen is in her second year as a starter next to Sammons in the middle of the Florida Southern defense. The junior from Highland, New York has helped the Moccasins post a 1.06 goals against average, currently the lowest in team history, and in 13 of their 17 games, the Mocs have allowed either one goal or no goals. Abrahamsen was one of the standouts in two early-season shutouts that established Florida Southern as one of the top defensive squads in the region, as well as the 2-0 win over Saint Leo where the Lions barely made it inside the box for the entire game. She then turned in one of the best performances of her career in the SSC Tournament first-round game against Lynn, in which the Mocs advanced on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 tie.
Sammons was another component to the record-setting Florida Southern defense and the senior from Lithia, Florida was equally effective on the back line in helping the Mocs record five shutouts en route to a possible record-setting goals against average. A 4-year starter overall, and a 3-year starter at center back, Sammons has helped Florida Southern post 12 shutouts since moving to defense full-time in 2010, and record the three lowest GAA’s in team history. She was at her best the second week of October when she was named the SSC Defensive Player-of-the-Week after the Mocs allowed just 10 total shots in a pair of conference wins. She’s one of only three players in league history to win both the SSC Offensive and Defensive Player-of-the-Week awards in her career.
Moore was Florida Southern’s leading scorer in 2011 with four goals and 12 points, and has put up similar numbers this season with four goals and 10 points while starting all but two games. The junior midfielder from Fleming Island, Florida became the first Moccasin in four years to record a hat trick when she scored three goals in the second half to rally them to a 3-1 win over Eckerd. That helped Moore earn the SSC Offensive Player-of-the-Week award for the first time in her career. She also has more career goals (12) and more points (33) than any other current Moccasin.
Evers, from nearby Valrico, was one of four freshmen on this year’s All-Sunshine State Conference Team, and the first freshman from Florida Southern to earn that award in 11 years. Noreen Drenthe (1998), Halie Clark (1999) and Mindy Dymon (2001) are the only other freshmen to win all-conference honors for the Moccasins, and all of them have been forwards. Though she missed most of the first four games this season, Evers still ended up as Florida Southern’s leading scorer going into the SSC Tournament semifinals with five goals and 11 points. In two different 1-1 ties during conference play, it was Evers who scored the lone Florida Southern goal.