AMERICUS, GA – Freshman Christina Rice scored on a 14-yard shot with 2:18 left in the second overtime period to give Francis Marion University a historic come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Georgia Southwestern State University, Sunday afternoon (Sept. 30) in women's soccer action.
The win is the 200th in program history for the Patriot women. The first victory was a 6-3 triumph over St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Sept. 7, 1995. Five different coaches have guided the Patriots over that time with fourth-year head coach Lindsey Morgan earning the win on Sunday.
FMU improves to 3-5-0 overall this season and 1-3-0 in the Peach Belt. Francis Marion will return home to host Columbia College for a non-conference tilt on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Sunday's contest was a complete re-play of the regularly schedule match on Saturday that was canceled by weather after the Patriots took a 3-1 lead into halftime.
After a scoreless first half on Sunday, the Lady Hurricanes (2-7-0, 0-4-0) took a 1-0 lead in the 71st minute when Brenna Mendonca scored on a header off a corner kick.
FMU sophomore Sarah Moll looked to have scored an equalizing goal in the 82nd minute, but an offside flag negated that tally.
Sophomore Dayle McEwen rescued the Patriots as she converted a penalty kick with three minutes left in regulation to force the overtime period. The shot was awarded after a Lady Hurricane foul near the top of the penalty box, and McEwen easily beat GSW goalkeeper Alina Rodriguez with a shot into the upper right corner.
McEwen continues to lead the Patriots with seven goals and is now a perfect 5-for-5 at the penalty spot in only eight matches this season.
In the second extra session, freshman Kiley Barr crossed the ball from the far right side to an unmarked Rice in the box and she headed in the game winner. It was the first collegiate score for Rice in this only her third match after overcoming a pre-season injury.
FMU freshman goalkeeper Rachael Hennenkamp made nine saves, which runs her recent three-match total to 30. Rodriguez registered 14 saves.
Francis Marion led in shots 25-17, including 18-12 in shots on target, while both teams earned five corner kicks.
McEwen led FMU with seven shots (4 on frame), while Moll recorded five shots (2 on frame) and Barr three, all of which were on target. Freshman centerback Makayla Chavis helped anchor the Patriot defense as she played all 108 minutes on Sunday after also playing 45 minutes on Saturday.
Francis Marion Univ. (3-5-0, 1-3 PBC) def. Ga. Southwestern (2-7-0, 0-4 PBC) 2-1
Date: Sep 30, 2018 Attendance: 118
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Francis Marion Univ. 0 1 0 1 - 2
Ga. Southwestern.... 0 1 0 0 - 1
1-0. 70:37 GSW Brenna Mendonca (Jasmine Westbrook) - Header off of corner kick
1-1. 87:05 FMU_W Dayle McEwen Penalty kick
2-1. 107:42 FMU_W Christina Rice (Kiley Barr)
Shots: Francis Marion Univ. 25, Ga. Southwestern 17 ; Saves: Francis Marion Univ. 11 (Rachael Hennenkamp 9; TEAM 2), Ga. Southwestern 16 (Alina Rodriguez 14; Team 2)