Milestones Up For Grabs For EFSC Titans Women’s, Men’s Soccer
By Mark DeCotis, Eastern Florida State // October 30, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Milestones await Eastern Florida’s women’s and men’s soccer teams on Friday.
The women, 12-0 and ranked No. 1 nationally can close out the first undefeated regular season in the program’s six-year history with a victory over Broward College at 7 p.m. in Pembroke Pines.
The Eastern Florida men, 11-1-2, and ranked in the top 10 nationally, can advance to the postseason for the third time in their three-year history with a victory over Broward’s men. The teams meet at 6 p.m. at the Titan Soccer Complex on the Melbourne Campus.
The match will be televised live on WEFS-TV and streamed at www.efsctitans.com
Admission is free.
Eastern Florida’s women and men each own two Florida College System Activities Association/NJCAA Region 8 victories this season over Broward. The women have won 7-0 and 5-0, the second victory clinching their fifth straight FCSAA/Region 8 title and the accompanying postseason berth.
The EFSC men have won 2-0 and 4-2. But because of a loss to and a tie with FCSAA/Region 8 foe ASA Miami, the Titans must beat Broward to advance.
If Broward’s men win, something they haven’t done in four previous games on the Titans home ground, they will claim the FCSAA/Region 8 title and advance.
The Titans would advance in case of a tie since they have 10 points in the conference/region and Broward has nine.
A tie is worth one point each while the winner gets three points for a victory.
Speaking of winning, the Titan women are 25-1-2 over the past two seasons. They have scored 78 goals this season and allowed only eight, getting 20 goals from freshman school single-season record holder freshman Paula Astiazaran and 19 assists from sophomore and school-single season record holder Briana Camargo.
Astiazaran is 11th nationally in goals, tied for seventh in points with 56 and seventh in assists with 16.
Briana Camargo is fifth nationally in assists.
Freshman Julia Hernandez has 16 goals and Briana Camargo eight. Freshman Khadija Shaw, fresh off a four-game stint captaining the Jamaican U-20 national team, has eight goals as does Abbie Camargo who also has equaled her previous school record assist total with 16.
Freshman Steff Barreras (811 minutes) and sophomore Asmara Holmes (269 minutes) have split the goaltending duties, combining for 35 saves.
The women have six shutouts.
For the Titan men, freshman J.J. Donnelly has a team-high 11 goals. Sophomore Yannick Koffi has 10.
Freshman Luke Ferreira has a team-high 14 assists.
The Titans have scored 45 goals and allowed 15. Sophomores Kekuta Jatta (738 minutes) and Nate Himes (560 minutes) have split the time in the net, Jatta allowing eight goals and Himes seven.
Jatta has three shutouts and suffered the one defeat. Jatta has 35 saves and Himes 21.
Eastern Florida’s women will travel to Mississippi to play the state’s champion in the District H title game. The winner advances to the NJCAA Women’s Division I National Championship tournament, a feat the Titans are seeking to accomplish for the fourth straight time.
The tournament will be held Nov. 16-21 on the Melbourne Campus.
The Titans were national runners-up in 2012 and lost in the semifinal round in 2014.
If the Titan men beat Broward they will advance to the district tournament in North Carolina with champions from Georgia and North and South Carolina.
The district winner moves on to the NJCAA Division I Men‘s National Tournament at Patrick Henry College in Axton, Virginia.