FLORENCE, SC – Sophomore Megan Misuraca recorded her first career hat trick to lift Francis Marion University to an 8-1 win over Columbia College, Tuesday evening (Oct. 2) in non-conference women's soccer action.
FMU captures it second straight win to improve to 4-5-0. The Patriots will play host to Albany State University on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Misuraca tallied the first two Francis Marion scores, in the sixth and 23rd minutes, and then added the final goal at 80:29. The scores were the first of the season for the Apex, N.C., native and the hat trick was the first for a Patriot since the 2015 campaign.
Her first goal came off a pass from the left side by sophomore Dayle McEwen and resulted in a 17-yard chip shot into the left side of the goal. Freshman Rianna Orello assisted on her second tally with a pass from the left side that freshman Faith Allen allowed to pass through her legs and to Misuraca who converted another 17-yard shot. Freshman Christina Rice assisted on the third goal with a service from the left side that ended with a volley shot by Misuraca.
Rice, who scored the overtime winner at Georgia Southwestern on Sunday, scored twice on Tuesday – in the 37th and 42nd minutes. Junior Sierra Cartano assisted on both goals with sophomore Kiley McElroy adding an assist on the second score.
FMU freshman goalkeeper Rachael Hennekamp played the opening half and recorded two saves to earn the win. Sophomore Micahla Kitchen played the first 35 minutes of the second stanza, with senior Janine Gordon minding the net for the final 10 minutes. Gordon registered one save.
Columbia College's (4-4-0) one score came on a penalty kick by Florence native Zyanna Giles at the 53:00 mark.
Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Angeles recorded nine saves for the Koalas, who were outshot 28-8. Francis Marion held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The eight goals represented the 13th highest output in program history.
Every healthy Patriot played in the match and 11 different players registered shots, led by McEwen with four. FMU led 7-0 at halftime, including a four-goal outburst in a span of 6:10 between the 31st and 37th minutes.
Post-match comments from Patriot sophomore Megan Misuraca
Francis Marion Univ. (4-5-0) def. Columbia College SC (4-4-0) 8-1
Date: Oct 2, 2018 Attendance: 159
Weather: Mostly Cloudy,86,Winds calm
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Columbia College SC. 0 1 - 1
Francis Marion Univ. 7 1 - 8
1-0. 5:47 FMU_W Megan Misuraca (1) (Dayle McEwen) - 17 shot from top of box
2-0. 22:57 FMU_W Megan Misuraca (2) (Rianna Orello) - cross from left, 17-yard shot
3-0. 30:42 FMU_W Carli Gauthier (1) (unassisted) - 22-yard blast from center of field
4-0. 31:13 FMU_W Rianna Orello (1) (Kiley Barr) - cross from right, 7 yard shot in front
5-0. 36:04 FMU_W Kiley Barr (1) (unassisted) - Tap in of rebound of save
6-0. 36:58 FMU_W Christina Rice (2) (Sierra Cartano) - arcing service, 10-yard volley into upper netting
7-0. 41:23 FMU_W Christina Rice (3) (Sierra Cartano;Kylie McElroy) - through ball, cross from right, 9-yard shot
7-1. 53:00 COLCOLL Zyanna Giles (1) Penalty kick
8-1. 80:29 FMU_W Megan Misuraca (3) (Christina Rice) - cross from left, volley in
Shots: Columbia College SC 8, Francis Marion Univ. 28 ; Saves: Columbia College SC 11 (Jennifer Angeles 9; TEAM 2), Francis Marion Univ. 3 (Rachael Hennenkamp 2; Micahla Kitchen 0, Janine Gordon 1)