Eastern Florida Soccer Opens Postseason In Virginia
By Mark DeCotis, Eastern Florida // October 29, 2014
finished with 11-2-1 record overall
ABOVE VIDEO: Eastern Florida hosted Broward in a key men’s regular season soccer game.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Eastern Florida State College men’s soccer team successfully navigated a challenging regular-season schedule, finishing with an 11-2-1 record and its second straight postseason berth.
Now things get really difficult.
“We are excited to continue our season into the playoffs and compete against the top teams in Region 10,” said Eastern Florida head coach Oliver Twelvetrees.
“Our goal is to win every game we play and we will be approaching the Patrick Henry game with a positive mindset by attacking their defense and shutting down their high-powered offense.
“Our sophomores are ready to continue our tradition of excellence and keep their EFSC careers alive.”
The Titans boarded a charter bus on Tuesday for an 11-hour trip to Martinsville, Virginia where they will play host Patrick Henry Community College in an NJCAA regional play-in game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Smith River Sports Complex.
And should they be successful their reward is a trip south to Louisburg, North Carolina for the Regionals themselves on Saturday and Sunday.
The Southeast District title game that sends its winner to the national tournament is Nov. 8 in Georgia.
Last year in their inaugural season the Titans advanced to the postseason and won four games – three in Georgia and one at home – to earn an NJCAA national tournament berth.
This postseason there won’t be any home games exacerbating the Titans’ challenge.
Patrick Henry finished its regular season with a 15-4 record and was ranked 17th nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Titans were ranked sixth by the NSCAA and seventh by the NJCAA.
Patrick Henry scored 79 goals, good for second nationally, and allowed 22. EFSC scored 66 and conceded 15.
Freshman Cleef Desir leads EFSC with 12 goals. Sophomores Farias Juarez and Jordan Muir have nine each. Muir and classmates Justin Gavin and Keenan King have nine assists each and classmate Romario Grant eight.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jorge Madera has allowed nine goals in 590 minutes while freshmen Nate Himes has allowed four in 471 minutes and classmate Carols Quintana two in 225 minutes.