FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore forward Sidney Warden scored the opening goal and assisted on two others to spark 20th-ranked Francis Marion University to a 4-0 non-conference victory over Shaw University, Monday evening (Oct. 21) in men's soccer action.
Francis Marion, now 9-2-1, will return to Peach Belt Conference play Saturday with a 7 p.m. road tilt at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga. Shaw falls to 3-8-2.
The Patriots outshot Shaw 17-5 and held a 9-4 edge in corner kicks. FMU junior goalkeeper Maximiliano Rocco finished with two saves en route to his seventh clean sheet of the year. The Patriots have allowed only three shots on goal over the last two matches.
Shaw sophomore goalkeeper Theo Delaleu recorded five saves.
Warden gave FMU a 1-0 advantage with a 10-yard shot from the right side that found the opposite side netting of the goal. The sequence began with sophomore forward Alvaro Zamora claiming a loose pass by the Bears and slotting a beautiful through ball to Warden who took possession in stride.
Earlier in the stanza (13th minute), sophomore forward Javier Bello nearly gave the Patriots the lead, but his strong header off a corner kick from sophomore Oliver Peters found the crossbar and a Bear defender then cleared the ball out of the 6-yard box. Prior to Warden's tally, a pair of offside calls against the Patriots nullified two other goals.
In the 46th minute, Warden, sophomore midfielder Jafet Santiago, and Bello nearly completed a perfect scoring sequence, but Bello's 1-touch shot hit the near post. Then at the 51:02 mark, Santiago did double the margin to 2-0 with a header at the near post. Peters switched fields with a long service to Warden on the right sideline, and after surveying the situation, Warden placed a perfect cross to Santiago seven yards outs and he converted.
Rocco came off his line to block a short attempt by Shaw's Andre Matzuda in the 66th minute. The Bears' best scoring opportunity came at 74:04 when Gianluca Evers' 13-yard shot bounced back off the left post as Rocco could only watch.
Bello accounted for the final two FMU scores at 77:35 and 89:22. His first score came after a heavy touch by a Shaw defender allowed Bello to take control of the ball and slip a 16-yard shot by Delaleu. The final tally came with Warden making a short pass ahead to freshman Carlos Alonso Martinez who turned and fed Bello, and his one-touch shot found its way inside the near post from 7-yards out. Bello now leads FMU with five goals this season.
Prior to the match, Francis Marion honored its lone four-year senior, midfielder Travis Cooke. Bello led FMU with eight shots, while Santiago, Zamora, and Cooke all had two.
Post-match comments from FMU head coach Luis Rincon
#20 Francis Marion Univ. (9-2-1) def. Shaw University (3-8-2) 4-0
Date: 10/21/19 Attendance: 113
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Shaw University..... 0 0 - 0
Francis Marion Univ. 1 3 - 4
1-0. 37:35 FMU Sidney Warden (3) (Alvaro Zamora) - Ball off turnover, slid through ball, 10
2-0. 51:02 FMU Jafet Santiago (2) (Sidney Warden) - Long switch side pass, settle on right,
3-0. 77:35 FMU Javier Bello (4) (unassisted) - Off turnover in defense end, 16 yard sho
4-0. 89:22 FMU Javier Bello (5) (Carlos Martinez;Sidney Warden) - cross from right, 1-touch shot near post
Shots: Shaw 5, Francis Marion 17 ; Saves: Shaw 5 (Theo Delaleu 5), Francis Marion 2 (Maximiliano Rocco 2)
Travis Cooke and parents