#15 FMU scores early and late for 2-0 road win at GSW

#15 FMU scores early and late for 2-0 road win at GSW

AMERICUS, GA – Sophomore Javier Bello scored in the sixth minute and sophomore midfielder Jafet Santiago scored in the 85th minute – both from assists by sophomore Alvaro Zamora – as 15th-ranked Francis Marion University claimed a 2-0 road victory at Georgia Southwestern State University, Saturday night (Oct. 26) in Peach Belt Conference men's soccer play.

Francis Marion improves to 10-2-1 overall and remains in a four-way tie for first place in the conference with a 3-1-0 mark (9 points).  The Patriots have surpassed their win total (9) of last season and reach double-digit victories at the fast rate (13 matches) in 19 years.  The 2000 FMU squad opened 10-1-0.

FMU will play at Coker University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before returning home to host Clayton State University in a key PBC match-up on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m.

The Patriots registered a season-high 28 shots (11 on frame), while holding the Hurricanes (4-8-0, 0-4-0) to only six shots.  FMU doubled up GSW in corner kicks 8-4.

Francis Marion junior goalkeeper Maximiliano Rocco recorded his PBC-leading eighth shutout by making three saves.  That shutout total equals Mike Frazee's effort in 2000 for the second most clean sheets in a season, behind only Clark Richeson's nine shutouts in 2014.  Rocco has not allowed a score in his last 273:17 in goal.

GSW goalkeeper Oneil Lewis posted nine saves.

Bello gave FMU the only goal it would need at the 5:32 mark when he headed in a service from Zamora.  Bello leads the Patriots with six goals.

Santiago added an insurance score at 84:22 by using a nicely-placed pass from Zamora.  Both Santiago and Zamora have 11 points this year.

Senior midfielder Travis Cooke led FMU with seven shots, while both Bello and sophomore midfielder Sam Pollard took six shots apiece.


#15 Francis Marion Univ. (10-2-1, 3-1-0) def. Ga. Southwestern State Univ. (4-8-0, 0-4-0) 2-0
Date: 10/26/19      Attendance: 151

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

1-0.   5:32 FMU Javier Bello (6) (Alvaro Zamora) - 11 passed to 17 in box where he headed in
2-0.  84:22 FMU Jafet Santiago (3) (Alvaro Zamora) - 11 found 6 open in middle, ball slipped through GK

Shots: Francis Marion 28, Ga. Southwestern 6 ; Saves: Francis Marion 3 (Maximiliano Rocco 3), Ga. Southwestern 9 (Lewis, Oneil 9)