Eastern Florida State College Sports Roundup
By Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications // September 11, 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: Eastern Florida held their annual Media day for their soccer team. Jeff Carr, Oliver Twelvetrees and others from Eastern Florida give their take on the upcoming season.
Three Home Matches Await Eastern Florida Men’s Soccer Team
MEN’S SOCCER – Eastern Florida’s men’s soccer team begins a three-game home stand on Friday, hosting Jefferson College at 8 p.m. on the Melbourne Campus as part of a women’s-men’s doubleheader.
Eastern Florida’s women play their season opener at 6 p.m. against Broward College.
EFSC’s men then host Andrew College at noon Sunday in a game that will be televised live on WEFS-TV. Admission to EFSC home matches is free. Free mini soccer balls will be tossed into the bleachers before Friday’s women’s and men’s games.
The Titan men are 2-2, both defeats coming on 2-1 scores, the second in overtime.
Their victories were by 10-0 and 2-0 scores. A 3-1 lead against Monroe College last Friday was wiped out when the game was cancelled by lightning.
The lack of finishing has been the main concern for EFSC head coach Oliver Twelvetrees.
The Titans outshot Georgia Perimeter 26-8 with six shots on goal in last Sunday’s overtime defeat.
“We are getting our chances,” Twelvetrees said.
“Our passing needs to be sharper as does our overall execution. We’ve got to be more clinical in the final third.”
The Titans have outshot opponents 88-35, 28-19 in shots on goal.
Nine different Titans have scored with sophomore Farias Juarez leading the way with two goals. Sophomore Jordan Muir leads in assists with three while classmate Romario Grant and freshman Sergio Segura have two each.
Eastern Florida Will Try Again on Friday to Dodge Weather and Play Season-Opener
WOMEN’S SOCCER – Forgive Eastern Florida women’s soccer head coach Jeff Carr if he pays extra attention to the weather this week.
After all lightning storms have played havoc with the Titans preseason and forced cancellation of its season-opener.
Carr saw lightning storms cut short two preseason scrimmages and torrential rain lead to cancellation of another.
And then last Friday lightning that accompanied heavy rain and high winds prevented Eastern Florida and the season-opening foe Spring Hill College junior varsity from even taking the field in Melbourne before the match was cancelled.
Now, six weeks after beginning practice and four weeks since playing its most recent scrimmage Eastern Florida hopes to finally open its season against Florida College System Activities Association and NJCAA Region 8 opponent Broward College on Friday.
The game is set for 6 p.m. on the Melbourne Campus, weather willing, and will be followed by an 8 p.m. match- up between Eastern Florida men’s team and Jefferson College. Admission to EFSC home matches is free.
Friday’s match is crucial for EFSC’s women who play Broward and Polk State College three times each to determine which one team advances to the District H championship match for a shot at the NJCAA Women’s Division I National Championship Tournament.
Eastern Florida has qualified for the national tournament the past two seasons, finishing as national runner-up in 2012. The tournament will be held on the Melbourne Campus through 2016.