FLORENCE, SC – Senior Oliver Drankenhammar scored on a 13-yard shot in the 52nd minute to propel Francis Marion University to a 1-0 victory over Flagler College in a quarterfinal match of the 2018 Peach Belt Conference Men's Soccer Tournament, Tuesday night (Oct. 30) on Hartzler Field.
The fourth-seeded Patriots improve to 9-6-0 and advance to face second-ranked and top-seeded Young Harris College in the semifinals on Friday at 11 a.m. in Evans, Ga. Tuesday's win was the first ever for FMU over the Saints in Florence.
Fifth-seeded Flagler ends its season at 5-10-1.
The winning sequence was keyed by a long through ball from FMU freshman Sam Pollard to Drakenhammar. The 6-6 forward senior dribbled into the box, put on the brakes, and then slotted his attempt from the right side past Flagler goalkeeper Mel Broughton and into the left-side netting. It was Drakenhammar's fifth score of the season and the 15th of his career in his final on-campus appearance.
Francis Marion held a 13-9 edge in shots and took three of the match's five corner kicks.
Patriot freshman goalkeeper Kristoffer Gregenaes registered three saves en route to his fifth clean sheet of the season. Broughton also finished with a trio of stops.
FMU looked to take an early lead in the match's fifth minute. Freshman Sidney Warden took a cross from the left side and fired a 17-yard shot toward an open net that was blocked by a Saints defender and the rebound went to Pollard, but his attempt was pushed away by Broughton resulting in a corner kick. The Patriots limited Flagler to only two shots over the opening 45 minutes, both of which came from long range.
The Patriots again threatened early in the second stanza. Freshman defender Magnus Hoejland found himself open near the 6-yard box on a free kick from the left side, but his attempt slid just outside the left post.
Several minutes later (50th minute), Gregenaes kept the match scoreless with a leaping push save of an 18-yard shot by Flagler's Tryggvi Magnusson
Following Drakenhammar's score at 51:35, Flagler recorded two more serious scoring opportunities. Magnusson fed the ball to the left side of the penalty area where Dan McGuire shot just wide of the right post from 14 yards out. In the 84th minute, a Saints' build-up resulted in a cross from the right sideline that tantalizing rolled along the top of the 6-yard box, but no player was able to make contact.
Post-match comments from FMU head coach John Campbell and senior Oliver Drakenhammar
Francis Marion Univ. (9-6-0, #4 seed) def. Flagler (5-10-1, #5 seed) 1-0
Date: Oct 30, 2018 Attendance: 137
Weather: Clear,65 degrees,Winds ENE @ 4 mph
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Flagler............. 0 0 - 0
Francis Marion Univ. 0 1 - 1
1-0. 51:35 FMU Oliver Drakenhammar (5) (Sam Pollard) - long through ball, 13-yard shot from right to left post and in
Shots: Flagler 9, Francis Marion 13 ; Saves: Flagler 3 (Mel Broughton 3), Francis Marion 3 (Kristoffer Gregenaes 3)
PBC Tournament quarterfinal match