EFSC Soccer Looks To Continue Stellar First Season In Playoffs

By  //  October 30, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Eastern Florida State College’s inaugural men’s soccer team has had a remarkable season.

The men's soccer team strikes a pose in Melbourne as they board the team bus to head for Cochran, GA to play Middle Georgia State College at Middle’s field at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the NJCAA Division I district tournament play-in game. (EFSC image)

The men’s soccer team strikes a pose in Melbourne as they board the team bus to head for Cochran, GA to play Middle Georgia State College at Middle’s field at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the NJCAA Division I district tournament play-in game. (EFSC image)

The Titans are 10-1-1 with a 10-game unbeaten streak, are ranked fourth nationally by the NJCAA and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and are in the postseason.

How do the players account for such success after just 12 weeks together, 12 games and six scrimmages?

“It’s team bonding,” sophomore and second-leading scorer Johnathan Quintero said after Eastern Florida’s regular-season closing 6-1 victory over Middle Georgia State College on Sunday. The Titans face Middle Georgia (3-11) for the third time this season in Wednesday’s 5 p.m. NJCAA district play-in game in Cochran, GA.

Johnathan Quintero

Johnathan Quintero

“We all hang out, we live at the apartments together, we cook together,” Quintero added. (Saturday) night I cooked up for the whole team. We’re more of a family than friends.”

Freshman co-captain Mike O’Sullivan echoed Quintero’s assessment.

“Coming in, not knowing each other I think it’s better than a team already there because there’s going to be outcasts at the beginning of the season,” O’Sullivan said.

“We all had to get to know each other from the beginning because barely any of us knew each other. We just worked hard, knuckled down in training and got the job done.”

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“It’s team bonding. We all hang out, we live at the apartments together, we cook together. Saturday night I cooked up for the whole team. We’re more of a family than friends.” — Johnathan Quintero

The training under Twelvetrees, that stressed toughness, preparation, big picture and small details, was a big factor.

“It’s brought everybody’s game level from average to the only word is super,” Quintero said.

“Everybody’s picked up their game tremendously. We’ve got depth on the bench, that’s what makes this a next level program.”

The only blemishes on Eastern Florida’s record are a 3-1 loss to then-nationally 17th-ranked San Jacinto, TX in the season’s second game on Aug. 24 in Mississippi and a 2-2 double overtime draw with then second-ranked Darton College on Oct. 4 in Melbourne.

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