Lander knocks #7 FMU from ranks of the unbeaten

Lander knocks #7 FMU from ranks of the unbeaten

GREENWOOD, SC – Lander University scored a pair of goals in a 9-minute span midway through the first half and the home-standing Bearcats went on to claim a 2-0 victory over seventh-ranked Francis Marion University, Saturday night (Oct. 5) in Peach Belt Conference men's soccer action.

Francis Marion dips to 5-1-1 and 0-1-0 in the PBC and ends its recent three-match road swing with a win, a tie, and a loss.  The Patriots will return home to host Barton College on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Hartzler Soccer Field.

FMU outshot the Bearcats 9-8, and led 4-3 in shots on goal, while both teams managed two corner kicks.

Francis Marion junior goalkeeper Maximiliano Rocco registered one save, while Lander keeper Jacob Withers tallied four stops.

Robbie Young gave Lander (5-1-1, 1-0-0) a 1-0 advantage with an unassisted score at the 24:55 mark.  Jed Smith doubled the margin to 2-0 when he headed in a corner kick by Oakley Hanger at 33:52.

A Patriot free kick with 13:40 remaining sailed into the 6-yard box, but no Francis Marion player was able to get a foot on it.  Withers stopped a pair of Patriot attempts late in the match: on a Magnus Hoejland shot in the 86th minute and a shot by Sidney Warden in the 87th minute.

Sophomore Nestor Nunez led Francis Marion with three shots. 


Lander University (5-1-1, 1-0-0) def. #7 Francis Marion Univ. (5-1-1, 0-1-0) 2-0
Date: Oct 05, 2019  Attendance: 381

Goals by period          1  2  Tot
Francis Marion Univ.  0  0 -  0
Lander Univ.........       2  0 -  2

1-0.  24:55 LU Robbie Young (unassisted) -
2-0.  33:52 LU Jed Smith (Oakley Hanger) – header off corner kick

Shots: Francis Marion 9, Lander 8 ; Saves: Francis Marion 1 (Maximiliano Rocco 1), Lander 4 (Jacob Withers 4)