Patriot Soccer hosts doubleheader on Saturday

Patriot Soccer hosts doubleheader on Saturday

The Francis Marion University men's and women's soccer teams will host a doubleheader on Saturday (Oct. 14) as the women's squad will face off against Peach Belt Conference foe Columbus State University at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m. against non-conference opponent Lenoir-Rhyne University. Both matches will be played on Hartzler Field in the Griffin Athletic Complex.

Sanfilippo Syndrome (also known as MPS III) Awareness will be honored during the first game, while the men's match will celebrate Florence Soccer Association (FSA) Night.  All FSA players and coaches will be admitted free if wearing their jersey.  General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with Francis Marion students being admitted free with identification.

Both matches will be streamed live online courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.

The Patriot women (4-6-0, 1-5-0) are coming off a 3-2 overtime win this past Wednesday against USC Aiken. Freshman Dayle McEwen leads Francis Marion with four goals, while freshmen Megan Misuraca and Kylie McElroy have three goals each.  Sophomore goalkeeper Micahla Kitchen has recorded 39 saves this season and owns a 2.15 goals against average, and is coming off a career-high 10 save performance against USCA. Junior Janine Gordon has 20 saves and a 2.15 GAA.

The 16th-ranked Columbus State Cougars (9-1-0, 6-1-0) are led by junior forward Olivia Jarrell with nine goals, while freshman goalkeeper Bria Riancho has compiled 20 saves and a 0.81 GAA.

FMU head coach Lindsey Morgan is a graduate of Columbus State and captained three Cougar squads that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Sanfilippo Syndrome is a progressive and fatal disease affecting 1 in 70,000 children. It is a genetic condition that affects the metabolism of complex molecules and results in severe damage to the entire body, but most significantly to the brain. 

The FMU men's squad is 6-5-0 and is led by junior forward Levin Sandmann with eight goals, four assists, and 20 points.  Freshman keeper Raul Guillamon Bejar has saved 44 balls and has a 2.17 GAA.

Junior Ignacio De Goya leads the Bears (6-2-3) with nine goals, while senior goalie Zach King has stopped 47 shots on the season and has a 0.76 GAA.