Christoph Gums has been named the Sunshine State Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for September 24, making him the third Moccasin already this season to win one of the league's weekly awards. The junior midfielder scored two goals and had one assist in Florida Southern's two wins last week, which improved the Moccasins' overall record to 7-0.
Florida Southern opened the week with a 2-0 win over No. 14 Rollins, and Gums played a role in both goals. On the first, Gums sent a corner kick into the box that was twice repelled by the Rollins defense, but the second time, James Meehan ended up with the ball and scored to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute. Following a lengthy weather delay, Gums assisted another Meehan goal in the 37th minute, putting the Mocs ahead by two goals on their way to a second consecutive win over a top-25 team.
On Saturday, the Moccasins downed Saint Leo 3-1 with Gums scoring the first and third goals. His goal in the 24th minute put the Moccasins ahead 1-0 at halftime and he later secured the win with another tally in the 74th. It was Gums' second brace of the season and the third of his career. He also scored two goals against Saint Leo last year in a 4-0 win.
Now with five goals and three assists on the season, Gums is only three shy of his point total last year when he led the Moccasins with 16. He has had at least one point in five straight games, the longest streak for a Moccasin since Zach Hofstetter had two different five-game streaks in 2011. The last player with more than that was also Hofstetter, who set the school record of 10 straight games with a point spanning the 2009-10 seasons.
Gums joins Meehan and Benny Yusufoglu as SSC Player of the Week award winners this season. Meehan and Yusufoglu were the offensive and defensive winners last week. This is only the third time since 2000 Florida Southern has had three different players on the list in one year. In 2015, it was defender Luke Bromley (defensive), forward Jonathan Radvogin (offensive) and goalkeeper Cole Clingerman (defensive). In 2000, it was midfielder Trevor Clark (offensive), defender Clay Roberts (defensive) and defender Luke Miller (defensive).