FLORENCE, S.C. – Every member of the Francis Marion University volleyball team that dressed for Saturday’s match recorded at least one kill as the Patriots swept past Winston-Salem State University 25-16, 25-11, 25-18 in non-conference action.
Francis Marion improves to 11-8 overall with its third consecutive victory. FMU will play host to Catawba College on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Smith University Center.
Sophomore middle blocker Lily Walton led the Patriots with nine kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Sophomore Alyssa Hansen added eight kills, while both junior Kayla Arthur and sophomore Adison Minor had five kills apiece.
Sophomore setter Finn Millians handed out 32 assists and dug up seven balls, while junior Courtney Abdur-Rahim tallied 15 digs, four kills, and three service aces. Senior libero Natalie Vaughn registered a match-high 23 digs.
The opening set was knotted at 11-11 when a service ace by Arthur gave the Patriots the lead for good. The margin was only three points (17-14) when Vaughn served four points in row and FMU eventually closed the set with an 8-2 spurt.
Millians served for five points, including three kills from Hansen, Francis Marion snapped a 4-4 deadlock in set two. The lead grew to 23-9 as FMU coasted to the win with Walton posting five of her kills in that set. In the third and final set, Millians was again at the service line as the Patriots broke a 5-5 tie with five straight points. The FMU advantage was five at both 13-8 and 19-14, before the Patriots claimed a 25-18 decision.
Cooke scores twice in 2-0 win for FMU men's soccer
FLORENCE, S.C. – Senior midfielder Travis Cooke scored twice in the second half to spark seventh-ranked Francis Marion University to a 2-0 victory over Flagler College on Saturday in Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer action.
Francis Marion improves to 6-2-1 overall and evens its conference mark at 1-1-0, handing first-year coach Luis Rincon his first PBC victory.
The Patriots will play their next two matches on the road, Wednesday at Chowan University at 3 p.m. and Oct. 19 at the University of North Georgia at 7 p.m., before returning home to entertain Shaw University for Senior Night on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.
FMU outshot the Saints 11-5 and held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Patriot junior goalkeeper Maximiliano Rocco posted his fifth shut of the season by registering two saves – both in the opening 45 minutes. Flagler sophomore keeper Andrea Lubbia recorded three saves.
The Patriot had several scoring opportunities in the scoreless first stanza. Sophomore midfielder Jafet Santiago played the ball over the top of the Flagler backline and Cooke ran onto the ball at the 16:39 mark. He fired a hard shot from 15 yards out on the right side of the box, but Lubbia made a kick save.
In the 21st minute, FMU sophomore Nestor Nunez fired a 19-yard shot that required a diving stop by Lubbia. Two minutes later, Santiago played a through ball to sophomore forward Javier Bello that produced a 1v1 situation with the goalkeeper, but Bello’s attempt slid just outside the far post. Cooke’s header in the 31st minute bounced off the crossbar.
Just 55 seconds into the second half, Santiago played the ball out to right side where sophomore Magnus Hoejland crossed the ball into the box and Cooke connected on a 6-yard shot that found the back of the net.
An offside call against the Patriots in the 56th minute disallowed a goal that came off a beautiful three-pass sequence. Cooke finally doubled the margin at the 75:13 mark. Santiago assisted on the score that came on an 11-yard shot to the far post by Cooke. It was the senior’s third score of the 2019 campaign.
The Francis Marion defensive back line of Gonzalo Garcia, Javier Morcillo, Juan Miguel Fernandez, and Sam Pollard limited Flagler (1-9-1, 0-2-0) to no shots over the final 45 minutes.
Kitchen and McEwen lift FMU women's soccer to 1-0 PBC win
FLORENCE, S.C. – Junior midfielder Dayle McEwen connected for the match-winner early in the second half to give Francis Marion University a 1-0 victory over Georgia Southwestern State University on Saturday in Peach Belt Conference women's soccer play.
The win, coming on Senior Day, was the team’s first conference win and brings the Patriots’ overall mark to 4-5-1 and its PBC record to 1-4-0.
Francis Marion will travel to Albany State University on Oct. 19 for a 1 p.m. kick-off. The Patriots then travel to USC Aiken on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., before returning to back home on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. to host Clayton State University.
The Patriots were led in shots by McEwen and senior Carli Gauthier with three apiece, with all of McEwen’s being on target. McEwen’s goal came after junior Emma Hall served the ball into the penalty area, but GSW defenders were unable to clear the ball. That loose ball eventually fell to McEwen who scored from seven yards out at the 54:53 mark. It was her team-leading fifth goal of the season and 16th of her career.
The Patriots had 14 shots with seven on target. Following McEwen and Gauthier were Sarah Moll and Faith Allen who had two shots a piece, while teammates Megan Misuraca, Jessica Garnett, Rianna Orello, and Sierra Cartano all added one shot each.
The Patriots also earned five corner kicks and only gave up one to the Lady Hurricanes. GSW posted five shots, three of which were on frame.
FMU senior goalkeeper Micahla Kitchen registered her second full shutout of the season, making three saves in the process. Sophomore Hannah Morrone registered six stops in goal for Georgia Southwestern (3-7-1, 0-5-0).
During the scoreless first half, GSW’s Geraldine Alvarez fired a 20-yard attempt in the 34th minute, but Kitchen came up with the save. With 1:13 left before halftime, Allen came up with a deflected ball in the 6-yard box, but her short effort went into the side netting.
FMU had a chance, or three to be exact, to double its margin in the 80th minute. Morrone stopped three consecutive attempts – two by Gauthier and one by Allen – all in a span of 10 seconds. The Lady Hurricanes’ best chance to equalize came in the 83rd minute when Alison Rugel hammered a 26-yard shot that forced a leaping stop by Kitchen.
Francis Marion has now registered four shutouts this season, the most since the 2012 squad posted four clean sheets.
Prior to Saturday’s match, FMU honors its four seniors: Kitchen, Gauthier, Garnett, and Cartano.
Carson-Newman edges Coker men’s soccer 1-0 in overtime
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker University men's soccer team's five-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday as the Cobras were defeated by the Carson-Newman University Eagles 1-0 in overtime.
It was a very competitive first half of play as both teams had their fair share of scoring opportunities. Neither team was able to convert as the score at halftime remained 0-0.
Play in the second half was very similar as both teams continued to struggle offensively. The Cobras and Eagles each had eight shot attempts, however none of them found the back of the net as the match went into overtime remaining tied 0-0.
Early into the overtime period, Carson-Newman's Nencho Margaritha fired a shot that went past goalkeeper Guilermo Falo Ejea, but defender Morgan Ratcliffe was able to clear the ball away before it went over the goal line.
In the 102nd minute, Collin Hensel crossed the ball into the box and found the foot of Nic Carsh, who scored the clinching goal for the Eagles.
The Cobras will be back in action on Wednesday as they will host the Newberry College Wolves in a South Atlantic Conference match. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.
Coker women’s soccer falls 3-1 to Carson-Newman
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker University women's soccer team fell 3-1 to Carson-Newman in South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday at Coker Athletic Field.
Carson-Newman scored the first goal of the game off of a corner kick when Lira Mathes connected with Addie Henry on header at the 15-minute mark. The Eagles would then go on to score once more before the half to make the score 2-0.
Coker's comeback began early in the second half when Skyler Jorgensen found the back of the net with a header at the 55-minute mark off the assist by Chloe Grein. The Cobras continued their strong defensive effort by surrendering only a single goal in the second half to keep the final score at 3-1.
Coker will be back in action for a South Atlantic Conference matchup when they host Newberry on Wednesday at Coker Athletic Field with kickoff time slated for 7 p.m.
Coker volleyball tops UVA-Wise 3-1
WISE, Va. - The Coker University volleyball team ended its weekend road trip with a 3-1 win at UVA-Wise in South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday.
The Cobras took the opening set by a score of 25-22 for a 1-0 lead in the match. The teams played to an early 3-3 tie, before UVA-Wise would jump out to an eventual 11-7 lead. Coker would respond with five in a row to take a 12-11 lead, before the Cavaliers would respond with a string of five in a row to get their lead back at 16-12. UVA-Wise carried its lead to 21-17 and then 22-20, before Coker rattled off five straight points to win the opening set. Three kills from Emily Everton, a service ace and a UVA-Wise error finished off the opening set.
Coker would take the second set 25-19 to go up 2-0 on the Cavaliers. The Cobras jumped out to a 5-2 lead early on in the set, before UVA-Wise would come back and get things all square at 7-7. The two teams would knot up again at 15-all, before Coker would take control of the set and win 10 out of the last 14 points.
The Cavaliers would take the third set 25-21 to hold off the sweep and force a fourth set. UVA-Wise held leads of 7-2, 10-6 and 15-9 in the set, before the Cobras would storm back and eventually tie the set at 18-18. UVA-Wise would finish off the set and force another by ending the set on a 7-3 run.
Coker would close out the match in convincing fashion with a 25-14 win in the fourth set. The two teams battled back and forth early, before Coker would take its 7-5 lead and turn it into a lead of 12-8 to force a UVA-Wise timeout. Coker would continue its strong play out of the timeout, eventually forcing a second UVA-Wise timeout at 21-11. Coker would win four out of the final seven points to seal the set and the match on the road
The Cobras hit .264 on the afternoon with 57 total kills. Everton posted her second 20-kill effort of the season, while Taylor du Bray also posted 12 kills for the Cobras. In the process, du Bray recorded her 900th career kill, becoming the fifth player in program history to do so. Coker also got kills from Chelsey Blume (six), Sierra Harvey (six), Olivia Cerick (four), Rami Mullen (three), Payton Jackson (three), Alexis Kopicki (one), Ashley Carson (one) and Olivia Smith (one). Carson led the Cobras with 25 assists on the afternoon, while Mullen also contributed 17. Lauren Grooms (three), Gabrielle Milo (two), Everton (two), Maddie Gardner (two) and Jackson (one) also registered assists in the contest.
Milo led the team with 19 digs in the contest, while Cerick also added 10. Mullen (eight), Carson (eight), Everton (six), Gardner (three), Blume (two), Harvey (two) and Jackson (one) also recorded digs in the match. Blume and du Bray each recorded solo blocks in the match, while Blume also posted a team-high six block assists. The Cobras also got contributions in the blocking department from Everton (three), Harvey (three), du Bray (two), Jackson (two), Cerick (one), and Carson Fuller (one).
The Cobras are back in action Oct. 18 when they travel to Carson-Newman for a South Atlantic Conference contest. First serve is set for 7 p.m.