AIKEN, SC – Julian Jordan-Canosa converted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute for the only goal of the night, and the Moccasin defense did the rest by posting its second shutout in as many games, giving the Florida Southern men's soccer team a 1-0 win at South Carolina Aiken. Saturday's night victory gives Florida Southern a 2-0 record to start the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- USC Aiken, which was playing its first game of the season, used three free kicks between the fourth and eighth minutes to create the first two scoring chances of the game, but only the second resulted in a shot, and it was saved easily by Benny Yusufoglu. Yusufoglu was up to the task again in the 14th minute when the Pacers used a quick re-start near midfield to get off another shot.
- The Moccasins' first chance came in the 12th minute on a run by Tobias Brindicci Rodriguez, but it was broken up at the top of the box by defender Zachernus Simon. Their first shot came in the 24th minute by reserve midfielder Pablo Gallo Arias, but that attempt from outside the box was too high.
- Less than two minutes later, the Pacers nearly broke the deadlock when Jordan Misiri was on the receiving end of a pass into the middle of the box, but also put one high. Then it was Florida Southern's turn with a shot inside the box, with Jacob Ling-Vannerus putting one wide following a free kick in the 29th minute.
- The Moccasins forced USC Aiken goalkeeper Alejandro Chavarria into his first save with 4½ minutes to play in the first half on a header by Arias, and it was shortly thereafter when Georg Michajlov was taken down in the box for a penalty kick. Jordan-Canosa took the ball and put it home at the 42:53 mark for a 1-0 Florida Southern lead and the first goal for the sophomore transfer from Wisconsin-Green Bay.
- The Mocs wasted no time in the second half putting the Pacers under pressure with James Meehan firing off a shot on goal that was saved by Chavarria less than half a minute into play.
- The Pacers did not have a strong scoring chance in the second half until the 59th minute when a long free kick was placed into the six-yard box but was a step too far for any of the runners to reach.
- A more serious situation developed in the 66th minute when Misiri got a strong header off a free kick that was deflected over the end line for a corner kick. The Mocs repelled that one, but the Pacers quickly earned another before the threat was quelled.
- The Mocs nearly doubled their lead in the 75th minute when Brindicci put a close-range header on target, only to have it saved at the near post by Chavarria.
- Only one more shot was taken by either team the rest of the night, and the Moccasins were able to maintain possession for nearly the entire final three minutes by working the ball through the middle and into the corners repeatedly. It ended with Ling-Vannerus holding off a couple of Pacers in the left corner as time expired.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The teams combined for only nine shots in the first half, five by USC Aiken and four by Florida Southern. In the second half, there were even fewer, with Florida Southern again taking four and USC Aiken limited to two. The Moccasins used a back line of Jake Starling, Daniel Moore, Anton Lindbom and Nick Atwood, though Claus Lehland played much of the game there as well.
- Yusufoglu made three saves for the shutout and Chavarria had four saves for USC Aiken.
- The only other meeting between Florida Southern and USC-Aiken prior to Saturday occurred in 2004 when the Mocs beat the Pacers 2-1 in Lakeland.
- The start of Saturday night's game was delayed by 20 minutes.
- Florida Southern is 2-0 for the second year in a row, but this is the first time the Moccasins have ever started a season with two shutouts. There had been seven occasions in which the Mocs had allowed just one goal in their first two games.
- The Moccasins did not attempt a penalty kick in 2017, making Canosa's their first since September 11, 2016, when Florian Thumm converted in another game played in the state of South Carolina. The Moccasins defeated Coker 4-1 in that one.
Florida Southern will play at home on Monday at 5 p.m. against the University of Montevallo.