SALISBURY, NC – A pair of second-half goals from Sarah Steedman helped unbeaten Catawba College knock off Francis Marion University 3-1 in nonconference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 9).
FMU returns to action on Hartzler Field this Saturday (Sept. 15) for their Peach Belt Conference opener against the University of North Georgia.
Catawba (4-0-0) wasted little time in taking the lead. In the second minute, Katie Webb's corner kick went in off of teammate Amber Hand to put the Indians ahead.
Francis Marion (2-2-0) had a great chance to equalize on a corner kick of its own in the 19th minute. Sophomore Emma Hall's ball in found the head of freshman Abigail Williams, but Catawba goalkeeper Shelby Thompson tipped the shot just wide to keep the score 1-0.
The Indians regained the lead in the 56th minute. Following a corner, Steedman pounced on a loose ball in the FMU box, and put it in to lift Catawba back on top.
Steedman added a second goal 11 minutes later, burying a shot from the center of the penalty area off of a cross from Jovana Sanchez.
McElroy had a pair of chances to add her second of the match, but sent a header just wide of the mark in the 76th minute, and had another attempt stopped by Thompson moments later.
Catawba outshout Francis Marion 12-9 for the afternoon, with the Indians holding a 7-4 edge in shots on goal. The hosts took eight corner kicks to FMU's four.
Freshman goalkeeper Rachael Hennenkamp made four saves for the Patriots, while Thompson recorded three for the Indians.
Catawba (4-0-0) def. Francis Marion Univ. (2-2-0) 3-1
Date: Sep 09, 2018 Attendance: 231
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Francis Marion Univ. 1 0 - 1
Catawba............. 1 2 - 3
1-0. 1:43 CATW Amber Hand (1) (Katie Webb) - Bodied in from 5 yds off CK
2-1. 55:36 CATW Sarah Steedman (1) Corner kick - Shot in from top of box center
3-1. 66:43 CATW Sarah Steedman (2) (Jovana Sanchez) - Shot from center 12 yds off pass from near post
Shots: Francis Marion Univ. 9, Catawba 12 ; Saves: Francis Marion Univ. 4 (Rachael Hennenkamp 4), Catawba 3 (Shelby Thompson 3)