Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #10 (October 23, 2010)

Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #10 (October 23, 2010)

Previously, the No. 11 game on the top-20 countdown highlighted the first time Florida Southern ever scored 10 goals in a game, but it was far from the last, nor was it the last time the Moccasins would have two players with a hat trick in the same game. Seven times Florida Southern has hit double digits in the goal column and in four of those games, two different Moccasins have scored at least three goals. The most recent occurrence begins the second half of the countdown at No. 10, and it took place on October 23, 2010, in a 10-0 win over Ave Maria.

Earlier in the 2010 season, Florida Southern had returned to the national rankings for the first time in 11 years following a 4-0-1 start behind the high-scoring combination of junior Zach Hofstetter and senior Givi Kokaia who finished the year with nearly identical numbers. Hofstetter, who would lead the nation in scoring as a senior, led the Moccasins in 2010 with 28 points on nine goals and 10 assists. Kokaia had 27 points with nine goals and nine assists. Freshman Viktor Bakkioui nearly gave them a third player with 20 points, but fell just short with 19, and sophomore Brad Hunt was among the SSC leaders with seven assists. That was also the first of three all-conference seasons for defender Ashley Holmes.

The well-balanced Moccasins beat three nationally ranked teams that year, all on the road, and remained in contention for a bid to the NCAA Tournament all the way to the final week of the season. Their final home game was a date with Florida's newest soccer program, Ave Maria University, and the Mocs' annual senior night turned into a full-scale rout before the game was 20 minutes old. By the end of the night, the 10-0 score was the largest Florida Southern has ever had in a senior send-off, and the Mocs were somewhat merciful.

Hofstetter played only 22 minutes, but he needed barely more than half that to score the first three goals of the match. They came in rapid-fire succession at 7:20, 9:25, and 11:35, with Kokaia and Luke Jenner each assisting the second and third. That gave Hofstetter the quickest hat trick in school history, though it was not the fastest in terms of time between those three goals. (Yes, someone has actually scored three times in less than the four minutes and 15 seconds it took Hofstetter .)

Hofstetter assisted the Mocs' fourth goal of the match, which came from Jenner at 15:49, and Logan Albritton scored in the 28th minute to make it a 5-0 game at halftime. The scoring picked up again in the 53rd minute from Kokaia, and Hunt made it 7-0 in the 54th.

But this game also had a second hat trick, and even though Jared Bellingar did not score his first goal until the 67:47 mark, he needed just a little over seven minutes to complete it. Bellingar's second goal came in the 73rd minute, and his third came in the 75th. What made his hat trick even more unusual was that Bellingar, a senior playing his final home game, had scored just one goal in his career prior to that match. If not for Ted Sung, a Korean exchange student who scored every Moccasin goal in a 3-3 tie with Rollins in his debut in 1959… and never scored again… Bellingar would own the most unusual hat trick the Mocs have ever had. As it was, the six shots he took that night represented half his career total covering 43 games.

The final stat sheet from the Ave Maria game showed the Moccasins out-shooting the Gyrenes 27-4 behind a starting back line of Holmes, Ricky Marton, J.D. Ruiz, and Aleksander Ratkovic. Johan Jonsson and Charlie Craig split the shutout, and had to make only one save between them. In addition to the double hat trick by Hofstetter and Bellingar, the Mocs got five assists from Kokaia, which tied a school record set by Mike Bauder in a 13-0 win over Warner Southern in 1989. Jenner, Bakkioui and Adam Hansjons all had two assists, with Hansjons getting his on the first and last goal of the night. Marton and Sebastian Bergh also ended up in the point column by contributing to the school-record 15 assists in that game.

#20 on the Countdown: October 24, 1958
#19 on the Countdown: September 16, 1999
#18 on the Countdown: September 25, 1980
#17 on the Countdown: October 26, 2013
#16 on the Countdown: September 25, 1978
#15 on the Countdown: October 22, 1988
#14 on the Countdown: September 14, 2003
#13 on the Countdown: November 2, 1963
#12 on the Countdown: September 30, 2009
#11 on the Countdown: September 18, 1973