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Eastern Florida Men's Soccer Closes Regular Season With 6-1 Victory
Oct. 27, 2013 - Flush with the satisfaction of a regular-season ending victory and a two-goal, two-assist effort Eastern Florida State College men's soccer striker Johnathan Quintero summarized his feelings on the accomplishments so far for the first-year team.
"They need to make a movie about us," he said. "It's like a dream come true. A first-year program, we're nearly unstoppable."
Eastern Florida concluded things on its home field on Sunday with a 6-1 victory over Middle Georgia State College to extend its record to 10-1-1 and its unbeaten streak to 10 games.
More importantly the victory gave the Titans momentum heading into the first round of the NJCAA Division I postseason where they will play at Middle Georgia (3-11-1) in Wednesday's 5 p.m. quarterfinal.
That being said, Eastern Florida head coach Oliver Twelvetrees doesn't expect an encore of Sunday's easy victory.
"It will be a completely different game," Twelvetrees said. "You could see from the momentum and the attitude of their players as soon as the first goal went in they were a beaten team. I'm sure it will be different because it's a win or go home situation.
"They know who the better team is. My only struggle will be bringing the guys back down to Earth and having the guys approach the game with 100 percent intensity."
Should Eastern Florida prevail on Wednesday it would advance to Saturday's district semifinal against host Darton State, a team it beat 4-3 on the Cavaliers home field and a team it tied 2-2 in Melbourne.
Darton was ranked second nationally at the time of both games but is now ranked seventh, one spot below the Titans in both the NJCAA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America polls.
The Titans looked every bit the sixth-ranked team, especially in the second half when they scored five times to build on the 1-0 halftime lead.
Farias Juarez scored the first of his two goals in the 30th minute to give the Titans the early advantage. Aside from Juarez's goal in the 55th minute other second-half goals were scored by Khori Foster in the 52nd minute, Quintero in the 60th and 61st minutes and James Togbah in the 79th minute.
Assists went to Justin Gavin (two), Quintero (two), Jordan Muir, Juarez, Foster and Keenan King.
It was a team effort from a team that began its second day of practice on Aug. 6 with the players introducing themselves to one another.
Now, on Oct. 27, they completed a remarkable regular season.
"I think it really shows today how much we have improved throughout the season," Twelvetrees said. "We've gotten better and better. We're playing great at the right time heading into the playoffs.
"It's been a special first season for me and all the players and all the administration involved. We're thankful to get the opportunity to play at this great facility and put a great team out here.
"But we're not finished yet. We're hopeful that we are going to have a great postseason."