Florida Southern Men’s Soccer Team Takes on Alumni
The Florida Southern Men’s Soccer team took the field against the alumni for one of the many events highlighting Moc Pride Week here at Florida Southern.
The current players defeated their predecessors 5-0. After the game was finished, the alumni also played against each other for an additional 15 minutes.
In addition to being Moc Pride Week, this also was the first soccer game that was played on the recently finished complex. Upcoming Senior Georg Michajlov was thrilled at the opportunity to play on the new field.
“I love it, it’s a very nice surface and I really like how the fans are so much closer than they used to be,” Michajlov said.
The brand new field recently built and completed
Recent graduate Alek Cosio came back for the alumni game and enjoyed the opportunity to be back out with some of his former teammates.
“It’s really cool seeing some new faces and the old faces yet still the same team camaraderie, I think they’re headed in the right direction and I wish them the best of luck moving forward,” Cosio said. “Florida Southern is my home, you can’t take the Florida Southern Moc out of me, even though I don’t go here anymore there’s still a part of Florida Southern I take with me everywhere I go.”
Senior Jordyn Henderson with friends after his final time taking the field
The spring semester has only featured two games from the team since their 1-0 loss in overtime to Lynn University in the Sunshine State Conference Quarterfinals back in October. Head Coach Jason Carlson was pleased with his team’s performance in the outing.
“We talked about attacking in different ways, different guys scoring, our fullbacks got into the final third, I think this was positive,” Carlson said. “We could’ve done some things better, especially in the second half we didn’t raise the standard like we had hoped, but that’s something we take notes on and work on come Monday.”
As for next season, Michajlov and Carlson both sounded optimistic about the team’s potential.
“We have a lot of good recruits coming, we improve on a daily basis with our coach who is always pushing us,” Michajlov said. “Last season, the other coaches polled us to be the least successful team and we proved the wrong and I think this season can turn into something really good.”
“I think because we have such a large group of returning players, it’s encouraging for the future, but there’s a lot of work to do, and this conference is a monster,” Carlson said. “I think last year was a good step in the right direction, and they want to take that momentum and not just settle but really push themselves and try to finish in the top half of the conference.”