LAKELAND, Fla. -- History was made on Sunday afternoon in Hilton Head, S.C., as Dane Sorensen became the first Florida Southern player to score 100 goals in a career.
Sorensen, a junior attackman from Victoria, British Columbia, has scored 36 goals through nine games this season and is on pace to break the program record for goals scored in a season. The record of 44 goals was originally set by Cameron Holding during his senior year of the 2010 season.
"Dane has been a staple in our starting lineup since his freshman year," Florida Southern head coach Marty Ward said. "He was a part of the first group of west coast Canadians in our program and has worked hard on and off the field everyday to get to this point."
As a freshman, the Canadian led the team in scoring with 35 goals and to go along with 12 assists to lead the team with 47 points. He was named to the Deep South Conference all-tournament team, scoring eight goals and tallied one assist to help the Mocs advance to the Deep South Conference championship, where they fell 7-6 to Catawba.
Sorensen was also named DSC freshman of the week for the weeks of March 19 and April 4; he scored eight goals against Lenoir-Rhyne and Belmont Abbey during the week of March 19, and tallied three assists to go with five goals against Florida Tech and Saint Leo during the week of April 4.
In his sophomore campaign, Sorensen once again led the team with 29 goals, coupled with his 13 assists for 42 points, as he was named a 2nd Team All-DSC attackman and helped the Mocs qualify for the Deep South Conference tournament for the fourth consecutive year. His second outstanding year in a Moccasin uniform led him to be named the 2013 team offensive most valuable player.
During his third year in a Florida Southern uniform, Sorensen has continued to light up opposing goalkeepers. A British Columbia native, he has scored at least two goals in every game this season, including a run of four consecutive games where he scored five goals. His six-goal performance against Mars Hill this past Sunday topped his previous career-high of five, first set earlier this year in a home win against Sunshine State Conference rival Rollins.
Sorensen's 36 goals leads a team that has scored 131 goals through nine games, putting the team on pace to shatter the team record for most goals in a season with four game still to play. Last year's team set the record of 162 and averaged 10.80 goals per game, an average this year's team has surpassed with 14.56 goals through nine games.