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Postseason Berth at Stake for Eastern Florida State College's Men's Soccer Team
Sept. 24, 2013 - Ten days ago Eastern Florida State College's inaugural men's soccer team played its first-ever home match on the new Melbourne Campus facility, beating Broward College 3-0.
Now on Wednesday Broward inaugurates its new field by hosting Eastern Florida at 7 p.m. on the Judson A. Samuels South Campus in Pembroke Pines, FL. And the stakes are high.
The match is the second of three between the teams to determine who advances to the NJCAA Division I postseason. Win and Eastern Florida is the NJCAA Region 8 champion and claims a postseason berth. Lose and the Titans face an all or nothing third game.
That's not a scenario Oliver Twelvetrees, head coach of the nationally ranked Titans wants to see play out.
"We are expecting a tough game," said Twelvetrees whose team is 6-1 and ranked eighth in the new National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The new NJCAA rankings are released on Wednesday.
"We will need to be at our best to get the result. The players are ready to keep improving and become region champions and clinch a place in the postseason."
A victory on Wednesday also would guarantee Eastern Florida a winning regular-season record. Not bad for a first-year program but Twelvetrees and his players are loath to consider that the lone benchmark of a successful season.
"We have set high goals for the season, to reach the national tournament and prove that we are one of the best teams in the nation," Twelvetrees said.
Heading into Wednesday, freshman Jordan Muir is leading Eastern Florida in scoring with three goals and four assists. Classmate Justin Gavin has two goals and four assists.
As a team Eastern Florida has scored 21 goals and allowed nine. Broward, which is 2-1-1, has scored six goals and allowed six.
Next up for Eastern Florida is a 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 re-match against Darton College on the Melbourne Campus. Admission to the Titans second home match of the season is free.
Eastern Florida upset Darton, then ranked second nationally, 4-3 on Sept. 6 on the Cavaliers home field.