FLORENCE, SC – Despite holding a 26-18 shot advantage, Francis Marion University fell 5-2 to the University of North Georgia, Saturday evening (Oct. 6) in Peach Belt Conference men's soccer action.
The Patriots (4-5-0, 1-2-0) continue their three-match homestand on Wednesday (Oct. 10) as they take on local-rival Coker College at 5 p.m. on Hartzler Field.
Francis Marion came out strong in the first half, forcing North Georgia senior goalkeeper Matt Sharman into three saves in the opening seven minutes. The Patriots best chance of the first half came when freshman Sam Pollard created space inside the box for a shot, but was denied by the left post at 16:06.
The Nighthawks (5-3-1, 2-1-0) grabbed the lead in the 22nd minute with their first shot on goal of the evening. Senior Adam Farrell collected a loose ball just outside of the FMU box, took a dribble, and fired a low shot into the far corner for his team-leading fifth tally of the season.
UNG doubled its lead at the 33:00 mark, as senior Matheus Abreu found junior Eren Ozer to make it 2-0 heading into halftime. Ozer collected his second of the night in the 65th minute, stretching the visitors' advantage to three.
FMU got its first goal of the night a little more than two minutes later. Sophomore Jonas Dovland found a streaking Martin Coughlan with a through ball, and the freshman beat UNG senior substitute goalkeeper Cade Minton at his near post to make it 3-1.
The Nighthawks quickly responded, getting goals from Abreu and senior Francisco Alisiardi in the 77th and 78th minutes respectively, to boost the lead to four.
Among the Patriots' shots advantage was 17-9 edge in shots on goal. Each team took seven corner kicks.
Freshman goalkeeper Kristoffer Gregenaes made four saves in the FMU net, Sharman stopped all 11 shots he faced before being replaced by Minton, who recorded four saves over the final 29 minutes.
Post-match comments from FMU head coach John Campbell
North Georgia (5-3-1, 2-1-0) def. Francis Marion Univ. (4-5-0, 1-2-0) 5-2
Date: Oct 6, 2018 Attendance: 177
Weather: Mostly clear,86 humid,Winds NE @ 12 mph
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
North Georgia....... 2 3 - 5
Francis Marion Univ. 0 2 - 2
1-0. 21:05 UNG Adam Farrell (5) (unassisted) - 22 yard shot from right side
2-0. 33:00 UNG Eren Ozer (3) (Matheus Abreu) - 10 yard shot
3-0. 64:20 UNG Eren Ozer (4) (Alex Grant) - cross from right, shot nicked by GK rolled over line
3-1. 66:35 FMU Martin Coughlan (1) (Jonas Dovland) - Through ball, 1v1 with GK, 12 yard shot
4-1. 76:58 UNG Matheus Abreu (2) (Eren Ozer) - flick outside, 17 yard shot
5-1. 77:57 UNG Francisco Alisiardi (2) (unassisted) - 22 yard shot
5-2. 87:07 FMU Rory Monks (2) (Oliver Peters) – chip ahead, 11 yard shot
Shots: North Georgia 18, Francis Marion Univ. 26 ; Saves: North Georgia 15 (Cade Minton 4; Matt Sharman 11), Francis Marion Univ. 4 (Kristoffer Gregenaes 4)