Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #11 (September 18, 1973)

Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #11 (September 18, 1973)

Soccer is not known to be a high-scoring sport, though at the college level in the United States certainly, there are more goals to be had than at the highest level of the pro game. For example, Manchester City set the Premier League scoring record last year while running away with the title, yet still averaged just 2.79 goals per match. The legendary German club Bayern Munich set the Bundesliga scoring record with 2.97 goals per match in 1972, and though a handful of Spanish clubs have done it in La Liga, an average of more three goals per game would be considered a lot just about anywhere. Florida Southern has achieved that seven times in its first 61 years, and only once since the mid-70s, and its highest scoring average of 3.57 goals per game was achieved in 1973, thanks in large part to a 13-0 win over Flagler on September 18.

The Moccasins had been a high-scoring team the year before, averaging 3.54 goals per game in 1972 when they went 10-3 and had seven games with at least five. Yet even then, the single game scoring record of seven goals had stood for 13 years (though it was tied once as noted in another game on this countdown) when the Moccasins kicked off 1973 at home against Flagler, a team playing its first game after starting its soccer program that season. The outcome was predictable, with Florida Southern not only one of the better teams in the state but also returning the state's individual scoring leader in Alan Grossman.

Fresh off his school-record 18-goal season in 1972, Grossman abused the Saints' defense by nearly equaling the previous team scoring record by himself. By halftime, the junior forward from Oriskany Falls, New York had already scored five times, which did tie the Mocs' individual scoring record. A halftime score from that game is unavailable, but it's likely Florida Southern surpassed its previous high of seven goals before the break, and if so, the Mocs spent the second half simply adding to it.

Grossman scored once more in the second half to establish a new single-game individual scoring record with six goals, a record that still stands, though four people have scored five goals since then, including Grossman himself nine days later in an 8-1 win at Embry-Riddle. He wasn't the only one with a hat trick against Flagler though, as freshman Andy MacKintosh found the back of the net three times, normally a much more noteworthy accomplishment, especially for someone playing in his first collegiate game. Faramarz Elgahanayan added to the carnage with two goals, and Karl Lee and Randall Burleigh scored once.

The six-goal explosion for Grossman was the first of his five hat tricks that season, which allowed to break his own school records for goals and points in a season with 22 and 47 respectively. Both of those are still the standards at Florida Southern, with Asa Pepia (17 goals and 39 points in 2004) and Zach Hofstetter (17 goals and 44 points in 2011) the closest challengers.

Since that 13-0 win over Flagler in 1973, Florida Southern has reached double digits seven more times, and though Grossman's six goals from that day are still the gold standard as far as an individual goes, the team record would be set several years later in another game that may appear on this list at a later date.

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