The Spring Hill College men's soccer team (4-3-1) defeated Florida College (1-4) by the score of 5-0 at the Thomas University Invitational on Friday evening. The Badgers jumped out to a 3-0 half time advantage and never let up in the second period to secure the Badgers' second shutout of the season.
Spring Hill opened the onslaught early with a goal in the 5th minute by senior forward Sean Simpson off a beautifully executed assist from senior Zachariah Townsend and freshman David Allen. Simpson would later add an assist to his totals when he teamed with freshman midfielder Chris Stephens to set up a goal by freshman forward John Tanner in the 9th minute.
Spring Hill goalkeeper William Gafford would even contribute to the offense when he delivered a beautiful clearing punt to Simpson who then slipped a pass to Townsend. Townsend received the pass and hammered home the third goal past the Panther keeper in the 22nd minute.
The fourth goal came in the 83rd minute when sophomore Noah Tomko placed a ball directly into freshman Gable Fortune's path for the score. Fortune added the final goal five minutes later with a left-footed shot off a pass from Tomko and Bryce Privett.
"Florida College was a tenacious group out there tonight," said SHC coach Adam Pearce. "The score was a lot closer than it's going to look, but our team didn't let up even with a big lead."
The Badgers will remain in Thomasville this weekend and face tournament host Thomas University (3-2-1) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.