FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University received second-half goals from junior Jessica Garnett and sophomore Kylie McElroy, but the rally fell short as fourth-ranked Columbus State University escaped with a 5-2 victory, Saturday evening (Oct. 20) in Peach Belt Conference women's soccer action.
Francis Marion (5-8-1, 2-6-0) will conclude its regular-season with road matches at Lander University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and at Flagler College on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.
FMU played the conference leaders tough in the first half, limiting the PBC's top-scoring team to nine shots in the opening 45 minutes. CSU tallied both its first-half scores in a span of 1:20. Brooke Nail scored on a 5-yard tap-in of a short cross in the 18th minute and Kimmy May notched the second score on an arcing 19-yard shot in the 19th minute.
Early in the second stanza, FMU threatened on several trips into the CSU end, but crosses into the box near the goal went unanswered.
The Cougars then scored three times in a span of 5:38 to up their margin to 5-0, including two goals from Olivia Jarrell in the 56th and 61st minutes.
A defender, Garnett gathered a loose ball in the Cougars' defensive end and knocked home a 15-yard shot for her first career score at the 84:12 mark. Her goal ended a scoreless streak of nearly 422 minutes for the Columbus State defense. Less than two minutes later, at 86:09, freshman Rianna Orello laid the ball off to McElroy, whose 22-yard shot went through the hands of CSU's back-up goalkeeper and over the goalline.
Columbus State outshot FMU 17-5 and held a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.
FMU freshman goalkeeper Rachael Hennenkamp registered six saves in 61 minutes of work, while junior Micahla Kitchen was not forced into a save during her 29 minutes in goal. CSU starter Bria Riancho had two saves during her 85 minutes of action.
Post-match comments from FMU head coach Lindsey Morgan and junior Jessica Garnett
#4 Columbus St. (12-0-1, 9-0-0) def. Francis Marion Univ. (5-8-1, 2-6-0) 5-2
Date: Oct 20, 2018 Attendance: 115
Weather: Overcast,73 degrees,Winds SW @ 10 mph
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Columbus St......... 2 3 - 5
Francis Marion Univ. 0 2 - 2
1-0. 17:12 CSU Brooke Nail (6) (Riley Clark;Olivia Jarrell) - 5-yard tap in of short cross from left
2-0. 18:32 CSU Kimmy May (4) (Riley Clark) - arcing 19 yard shot top of box
3-0. 55:02 CSU Olivia Jarrell (13) (Kimmy May) - 10-yard shot after cross from right
4-0. 58:19 CSU Riley Clark (9) (Maddy Peterson) - Tight angle left side, 11 yards off right post
5-0. 60:40 CSU Olivia Jarrell (14) (Kimmy May) 13 yard shot from left side of box
5-1. 84:12 FMU_W Jessica Garnett (1) (unassisted) - 15 yard shot into open net
5-2. 86:09 FMU_W Kylie McElroy (2) (Rianna Orello) - 22 yard shot through GK hands
Shots: Columbus St. 17, Francis Marion Univ. 5 ; Saves: Columbus St. 2 (Bria Riancho 2), Francis Marion Univ. 7 (Rachael Hennenkamp 6; Micahla Kitchen 0, TEAM 1)