Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #5 (October 27, 2011)

Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #5 (October 27, 2011)

In 2010, the Florida Southern men's soccer team was in the running for a bid to the NCAA Tournament all the way until the final week of the season before a loss at Florida Tech in the final game of the season ended those hopes. Nevertheless, the Moccasins had put together a potent offense that returned largely intact in 2011, and finished eighth in the nation that year by averaging more than 2½ goals per game for the second year in a row. Hopes for the postseason were again high, but the mid-season schedule was unkind as losses to Palm Beach Atlantic, Lynn, and Rollins in the span of nine days (three teams that combined for 36 wins) offset a 4-1 start. The Mocs did rebound, however, with another strong run to end the season, culminating with a 4-1 win over 5th-ranked Rollins College on October 27, 2011, the highest ranked team the Mocs have ever beaten on their home field.

The Moccasins had been eliminated from contention for the conference tournament in their previous game, but the Tars had a chance to earn a share of their third straight SSC regular season title and needed a win to do it. They were also trying to strengthen their case for a spot in the NCAA Tournament but had to be wary of a Florida Southern team that had given them all sorts of trouble the previous season. The Mocs had handed them one of their three losses in 2010, and their only conference loss before the Tars went on to finish as national runner-up. Now, a little over one year later, the Tars were again among the nation's elite with a 12-2 record and only eight goals allowed in 14 games.

Just minutes before kickoff, head coach Hugh Seyfarth was forced into a lineup change, and it proved to be a fateful one. Inserted into the lineup as a midfielder after starting most of the year as a defender, senior Logan Albritton scored 3:26 into the contest after working a give-and-go with senior Zach Hofstetter at the top of the box. It was Albritton's second goal of the year, but the 10th assist for Hofstetter, who on that play became the first and so far only Moccasin with double-digit goals and double-digit assists in the same season. Neither Albritton nor Hofstetter were finished either, but it was enough to give the Moccasins a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The second half started with Ashley Holmes and Ryan Arndt blocking shots inside the box, and J.D. Ruiz making a heart-stopping save on another Rollins shot that seemed destined for the back of the net. With goalkeeper Andres Guzman not in position to make a play on the ball, the senior defender managed to intercept the shot in mid-air by heading it away from the open goal, preventing Rollins from tying the game. Energized by the defensive effort in the back, the Mocs scored on the counter-attack when David Fletcher hit a one-touch rocket at the back post after receiving a cross on the run from Viktor Bakkioui.

The Moccasins made it 3-0 in the 67th minute with Fletcher, Albritton, and Gustaf Ytterbom all making passes that set up Hofstetter's 17th goal of the season.

Rollins got on the board in the 78th minute, but two minutes later, Florida Southern again went up by three goals on a thunderous finish by Adam Hansjons off another assist by Ytterbom. The Mocs kept that 4-1 lead the remainder of the night for the most goals they had ever scored against the Tars in 67 all-time meetings up to that point.

Florida Southern's win also prevented the Tars from winning the conference title, though Rollins still won the SSC Tournament as the number three seed and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. But the Moccasin seniors could still celebrate beating one of the nation's top teams for the second year in a row, a top-five team for the first time in 12 years, and a top-five team at home for the first time in their long history.

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