Five members of the Francis Marion University women's soccer team – junior goalkeeper Janine Gordon, sophomore defenders Sierra Cartano and Jessica Garnett, sophomore midfielder Carli Gauthier, and sophomore goalkeeper Micahla Kitchen – have been selected to the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Women's Soccer All-Academic Team.
Gordon, a native of Miami, Fla., earns the honor for the second straight year. She owns a 3.55 grade point average as a political science major with a general business minor.
She and Kitchen split time in goal this past season. Gordon played in nine matches, starting seven, and registered a 2.62 goals against average with 35 saves and two complete-match shutouts. She has twice been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and earned FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll recognition each of her first four semesters. She also received a D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award in 2017.
Cartano hails from Raleigh, N.C., and has compiled a 3.94 GPA. A team captain this past season, she started all 14 matches in 2017 and along with Garnett and the goalkeepers helped FMU cut its goals allowed in half from the 2016 season. She was named to the both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls as a freshman.
Garnett, a native of Rock Hill, possesses a 3.90 GPA as a biology major with a psychology minor. She was one of two Patriots to play every minute during the 2017 campaign. In addition to previously being named to both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls, she currently serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 2017-18.
Gauthier hails from Lutz, Fla., and owns a 3.55 GPA as an early childhood education major. She served as a team captain this past season and started the opening eight matches before suffering a season-ending injury. She scored one goal on 10 shots, while taking three corner kicks. She was also named to both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls as a freshman.
Kitchen, a native of West End, N.C., is majoring in biology and has a 3.79 GPA. She appeared in nine matches with seven starts this past season and registered a 3.03 goals against average with 51 saves and a .718 save percentage. She garnered both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor roll accolades as a freshman.
Gordon is a graduate of Western High School, while Cartano is a product of Enloe High School, Garnett a product of Rock Hill High School, Gauthier a product of Carrollwood Day School, and Kitchen a product of Pinecrest High School.
To be eligible for the All-Academic program, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of the team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; have achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at their current institution. This year's honor roll included 74 players from 11 schools.