FLORENCE, SC – Senior Lucero Robayo scored on a 12-yard shot less than four minutes before halftime and Young Harris College made that goal stand up for a 1-0 win over Francis Marion University, Friday afternoon (Sept. 21) in Peach Belt Conference women's soccer action.
FMU (2-3-0, 0-1-0) will return to Hartzler Field on Sunday for a 2 p.m. kick-off against the University of North Georgia.
Robayo's score at the 41:08 mark was the deciding kick in an evenly-played match. Both teams registered nine shots and both took four corner kicks.
FMU freshman goalkeeper Rachael Hennenkamp recorded one save, while Mountain Lion goalkeeper Pien Van Kampen made four stops.
The winning tally came when Bianey Serrano played a short through ball to Robayo, whose left-footed shot ended up in the right back corner of the goal.
FMU outshot Young Harris 6-4 over the final 45 minutes. In the 65th minute, FMU sophomore Sarah Moll's shot from 25-yards out forced Van Kampen to push the ball over the cross bar resulting in a Patriot corner kick.
Two minutes later, Van Kampen handled the ball outside the penalty area resulting in a Patriot indirect kick from 19 yards out. Junior Carli Gauthier touched the ball to sophomore Dayle McEwen who then passed to sophomore Emma Hall on the left side of the box, but her shot from 14 yards was just wide of the post.
Gauthier, McEwen, Moll, and sophomore defender Brooke Kennedy all tallied two shots to lead Francis Marion.
The Patriot defense limited Young Harris to only two shots on frame.
FMU head coach Lindsey Morgan with post-match comments.
Young Harris College (2-3-0, 1-1-0) def. Francis Marion Univ. (2-3-0, 0-1-0) 1-0
Date: Sept 21,2018 Attendance: 75
Weather: Partly Sunny,87 degrees,Winds SSE @ 7 mph
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Young Harris College 1 0 - 1
Francis Marion Univ. 0 0 - 0
1-0. 41:08 YHC Lucero Robayo (1) (Bianey Serrano) - short through ball, 17 yd shot from left angle
Shots: Young Harris 9, Francis Marion 9 ; Saves: Young Harris 4 (Pien Van Kampen 4), Francis Marion 1 (Rachael Hennenkamp 1)