SALISBURY, NC – Sophomore Dayle McEwen headed home the lone goal of the match in the 78th minute to give the Francis Marion University women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Mars Hill University on Friday evening (Sept. 7) in the opening match of the Catawba College Tournament.
With the victory, the Patriots move to 6-0-0 all-time against the Lions, while outscoring them 25-0.
FMU's next match is Sunday against the host Catawba College at 3 p.m. The Patriots will return to Hartzler Field on Saturday, Sept. 15, for their Peach Belt Conference opener against the University of North Georgia.
FMU (2-1-0) had the better of the chances in the first half, with McEwen and freshmen Rianna Orello and Kiley Barr forcing saves from Mars Hill goalkeeper Tonje Jorgensen. Francis Marion's defense held the Lions (1-3-0) to just one shot in the opening stanza.
Mars Hill registered its lone shot on goal of the evening at the 58:31 mark, but Francis Marion freshman goalkeeper Rachael Hennenkamp made the save to keep the match scoreless. McEwen came close to putting the Patriots ahead in the 64th minute, but was denied by the crossbar.
FMU broke the deadlock at the 77:49 mark. Sophomore midfielder Emma Hall delivered the ball into the box off a corner kick, and McEwen headed it home for her fourth goal of the season. The Collinsville, Ill., native leads the Peach Belt Conference in goals (4) and points (8).
From there, the Patriots defense held on, keeping the Lions from attempting a shot over the final 13 minutes of the match.
For the evening, FMU held an 8-4 advantage in shots, including a 5-1 edge in shots on goal. The Patriots took six of the match's seven corner kicks.
Hennenkamp recorded her first collegiate shutout. For Mars Hill, Jorgensen made three saves in the first half, and Clare Witt recorded one save in the second half.
Francis Marion Univ. (2-1-0) def. Mars Hill (1-3-0)
Date: Sep 07, 2018 Attendance: 120
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Francis Marion Univ. 0 1 - 1
Mars Hill........... 0 0 - 0
1-0. 77:49 FMU_W Dayle McEwen (4) (Emma Hall) - Header off a corner
Shots: Francis Marion 8, Mars Hill 4 ; Saves: Francis Marion 1 (Rachael Hennenkamp 1), Mars Hill 4 (Clare Witt 1; Tonje Jorgensen 3)