FMU Soccer celebrates Seniors on Saturday

FMU Soccer celebrates Seniors on Saturday

The Francis Marion University men's and women's soccer teams will both celebrate Senior Day when the Patriots play host to Georgia Southwestern State University on Saturday (Oct. 21).

The women's match will kick off at 5 p.m. on Hartzler Field, followed by the men's contest at 7:30 p.m.  Prior to the start of each match, the team will honor their three senior players.

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 FMU women are 4-8-0 overall and 1-7-0 in the Peach Belt, while the GSW Hurricanes are 0-12-0 and 0-7-0.  The Patriots won the first-ever meeting between the two programs 3-1 last year in Americus, Ga.

The Patriots will honor forward Haley Bigler, midfielder Breanna Henderson, and injured defender Melina Much.  The latter two are four-year members of the program, while Bigler transferred to FMU after playing her freshman year at Barton College.

Bigler, a business major, has appeared in 58 career matches with totals of two goals, three assists, and 43 shots. Henderson, a biology major, has appeared in 40 career matches and totaled four goals (two of them coming in the last two matches) on 27 shots.  Much, a political science and business economics double major, has been limited to only 27 career matches due to injuries.  She scored once on eight shots.  She was the recipient of last year's Carlanna Hendrick Swamp Fox Academic Award and is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies

The Francis Marion men's squad is 6-7-0 overall and 1-4 in conference play, while Georgia Southwestern is 4-8-1 and 0-4.  The Patriots lead the all-time series 10-0-1.

The men's team will also honor three seniors: midfielder Andrew Kephart, midfielder-defender Harrison Smith, and defender Jevon Williams.  Kephart and Smith are four-year lettermen, while Williams has played three seasons for the Patriots after transferring.

Kephart, an early childhood education major, has appeared in nine career matches and scored once on two shots.  His goal came against the Hurricanes in 2015.  Smith, a history and mass communications double major, has played in 54 career matches and totaled nine goals, three assists, and 95 shots.  He is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Phi Alpha Theta, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.  Williams, a business administration major, has appeared in 43 career matches and compiled five goals, four assists, and 17 shots.