MORROW, GA – Harrison Roberts scored in the 82nd minute to break a 1-1 deadlock and lift 10th-ranked University of West Alabama to a 2-1 win over Francis Marion University, Thursday night (Aug. 30) in men's college soccer action. The match was played on the campus of Clayton State University.
FMU's next match is its home opener, Sunday (Sept. 2) at 1 p.m. against the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and FMU students are admitted free with ID.
The Patriots (0-1-0) started strong, with freshman Sam Pollard forcing West Alabama goalkeeper Ollie Harrison into a pair of saves in the opening 15 minutes. It was the Tigers (1-0-0) who opened the scoring however, as Ali Brador struck in the 26th minute to make it 1-0.
FMU answered in the 32nd minute thanks to a penalty kick. Freshman Sidney Warden stepped up and buried it into the left corner to even the contest at 1-1.
The score remained tied until the 81:47 mark, when Roberts pounced on a loose ball in the FMU penalty area, and fired it home for the eventual game-winning tally.
Francis Marion managed one more shot on target in the final five minutes, but Harrison denied Pollard for a third time to preserve the Tigers advantage.
The Patriots outshot West Alabama 16-10, with an eight to three edge in attempts on target. Each team took four corner kicks.
FMU freshman Kristoffer Gregenaes registered one save in his collegiate debut, while UAW's Harrison made seven stops.
West Alabama (1-0-0) def. Francis Marion Univ. (0-1-0) 2-1
Date: 8/30/2018 Attendance: 12 Weather: 87
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
West Alabama........ 1 1 - 2
Francis Marion Univ. 1 0 - 1
1-0. 25:32 UWA Brador, Ali (McLeod, Kyle) - Cross from 13 to 9, crossed to back right.
1-1. 31:51 FMU Sidney Warden - Penalty kick - Left corner
2-1. 81:47 UWA Roberts, Harrison (unassisted) - Loose in front of net, buried to back right corner.
Shots: West Alabama 10, Francis Marion Univ. 16 ; Saves: West Alabama 7 (Harrison, Ollie 7), Francis Marion Univ. 1 (Kristoffer Gregenaes 1)