LAKELAND, FL – Jacob Ling-Vannerus erupted for four goals, all in the span of nine minutes of the second half, while Christoph Gums and Ian McIntosh each assisted two goals to lead the Florida Southern men's soccer team to a 5-0 win over Montevallo.
The game was scoreless until the 57th minute when Ling-Vannerus began his scoring spree. He scored his second goal three minutes later, completed the natural hat trick in the 63rd minute, and added his fourth goal in the 65th. That made him the first Moccasin in 20 years to score four goals in a game. Taylor Vincent finished the scoring in the 82nd before the Moccasins closed things out for their third consecutive shutout. The Mocs out-shot the Falcons, who split two games on their season-opening trip to central Florida, 26-5. That gives Florida Southern its first 3-0 start since 2011.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern dominated the first half by out-shooting Montevallo 11-2 but was unable to dent the scoreboard while Falcons' goalkeeper Robert Kuta made four saves. One of those came against Ling-Vannerus during a 1-on-1 scoring opportunity down the right flank in the eighth minute, but the junior goalkeeper was up to the task.
- Two minutes later Tobias Rodriguez Brindicci was just wide of the left post, and Jake Starling was denied at close range by Kuta in the 16th minute on the receiving end of a well-placed free kick by Georg Michajlov. Kuta made another big save in the 25th on a strong header by Alberto Diaz.
- The final 10 minutes of the first half saw two more near misses that allowed the Falcons to escape to the locker room still drawn with the Mocs. After Starling won a header for the Mocs near midfield a little over seven minutes before the break, Luis Bautista played the ball forward for James Meehan, whose shot was wide by inches. Daniel Moore then headed one off the crossbar two minutes before the break, again giving Montevallo a reprieve that was only temporary.
- All of the close calls in the first half turned into goals in the second for the Moccasins who peppered the Falcon net with 15 shots after the break, converting five of them for another commanding victory. Not long after Anton Lindbom broke up a scoring threat inside the box in the 55th minute by shutting down a run by Antoni Matabosch, the Mocs broke the deadlock with Ling-Vannerus' first goal of the night. He was fed by Gums, who took the initial pass from McIntosh.
- After McIntosh also assisted Ling-Vannerus' second goal of the night, it was Gums who helped the junior forward complete the Mocs' first hat trick since Jonathan Radvogin scored three times at Rollins in 2015. Michajlov notched the assist on goal number four, with Ling-Vannerus subbed for immediately after.
- The final goal came courtesy of Vincent, though it was Brindicci whose cross from the left touchline into the middle was dropped back by Pablo Gallo Arias for the shot just outside the penalty area. It was the first goal of Vincent's career, though he tallied two assists in the season-opener against Trinity Baptist.
- The Moccasins were able to complete the shutout with Benny Yusufoglu having to make just one save in the game. It was not an easy one, however, as the sophomore goalkeeper made a diving stop against Liam Moore in the 76th minute for perhaps his best play of the season to date. Kuta, his counterpart in the Montevallo net, finished with five saves.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Moccasins are 3-0 for the first time since 2011 when they defeated Mount Olive 4-3, Savannah Art & Design 4-0, and St. Thomas 6-2. They've scored 12 goals through the first three games, which is their most through three games since 2011 as well. The Mocs last opened 4-0 in 2010.
- The last time Florida Southern had three consecutive shutouts at any point in a season was October of 2015 in wins over Rollins, Lynn, and Embry-Riddle. The school record of five in a row was set from September 12 through October 3, 1997.
- Ling-Vannerus is the first Moccasin with four goals in a game since Paul Sluyter scored four times in a 13-1 win over Southeastern in 1998. He scored all four of those in the second half as Ling-Vannerus did. A Moccasin has scored four or more goals 16 times in team history, with Alan Grossman doing it four times in 1973 and '74. The only player who scored four goals in a game in which the Mocs scored five as a team was Terry Darby, who accomplished that feat twice in 1965, including once in a game Florida Southern lost 5-4.
- The 10 shots taken by Ling-Vannerus are the most for a Moccasin since September 8, 1998 when Peter Andersen took 11 in the same 13-1 win over Southeastern in which Paul Sluyter scored four goals.
- Sean Murphy was the last Moccasin with four goals against another Division II school, putting five in the back of the net during a 9-1 win over Valdosta State in 1980.
- Gums, who did not play in the first game this season, had his first points of 2018 with two assists. He led the Mocs with 16 points last year, and the Sunshine State Conference with eight assists.
- McIntosh had two assists against the team for which he played as a freshman. He transferred from Montevallo to Lake Superior College before joining Florida Southern this year. The last time the Moccasins had a transfer play against his former team was in 2008 when Dennie Townsend scored a goal against the University of Tampa.
- Arias already has three assists this year after recording only two in his first three seasons while playing mostly as a defender.
- Montevallo goalkeeper Robert Kuta was tied for second in the nation last year with 120 saves and was second in save percentage at .876.
- Florida Southern now leads the all-time series with Montevallo 6-5-2. The teams had not played since 2009.
Florida Southern's next game is Sunday, September 9 at Moccasin Field where the Moccasins will take on Newberry at 1 p.m.