Three Florida Southern men's soccer players have been named to the United Soccer Coaches All-South Region Team, the first such selections for the Moccasins since 2011, and their most in one season since 1997. Earning second team honors were sophomore forward James Meehan, junior midfielder Christoph Gums, and junior defender Foster Appiah.
Meehan joined the Moccasins this year as a transfer from Calumet College in Indiana and led the team in scoring with nine goals and 20 points. That put him among the SSC leaders in both categories (tied for sixth in points, and tied for fourth in goals) and made him the first Moccasin with a 20-point season since Zach Hofstetter in 2010 and '11. His three multi-goal games this season were tied for the most in the SSC, one of which gave the Mocs a 2-0 win over No. 14 Rollins on September 19. Meehan also scored the game-winner in overtime to beat No. 15 Lynn, 2-1, four nights earlier, one of his four game-winning goals this season.
Gums was Florida Southern's second leading scorer this year with five goals and 18 points while leading the team with eight assists for the second year in a row. After tying for the Sunshine State Conference lead in assists last year as a sophomore, he is tied for second this year, and no other midfielder in the SSC has had more points than Gums over the last two seasons. Though Barry remains alive in the NCAA Tournament, Gums' average of 0.50 assists per game currently ranks third in the South Region. He is tied for 27th nationally in that department, and is one of only four player who could finish in the top-25 in both 2017 and '18.
Appiah is also in his second year with the Moccasins as a two-year starter on the back line. He started 13 games at center back this season as part of a Florida Southern defense that allowed just over one goal per game while posting a goals against average of 1.06. That was the fourth lowest in the program's 62-year history and the best for the Mocs in 17 years. They also allowed just 8.9 shots per game, another average that ranks fourth in the team record book, and their nine shutouts were the second most in team history. Appiah also scored one goal himself, giving the Moccasins a 1-0 win at Tampa on September 29.
Florida Southern's last All-South Region selection was Hofstetter as a first team forward in 2011, and only once before have three Moccasins made the all-region team in a single season. That occurred in 1997 when senior goalkeeper Cliff Dixon and senior forward Tim Cooper were on the first team, and sophomore defender Bruce Manuel was a member of the second team.
The complete 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-South Region Team can be found here.