CHARLOTTE, NC – A stout effort by the Francis Marion University defense and a pair of goalkeepers allowed the Patriots to escape with a 0-0 double overtime tie against Queens University of Charlotte, Wednesday night (Sept. 25) in non-conference women's soccer play.
Francis Marion moves to 3-1-1, its best start since 2003 when the Patriots opened 4-1-0. The scoreless draw was the first for FMU since a Sept. 20, 2009, home contest against Appalachian State University.
The Patriots will open Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday when they travel to Dahlonega, Ga., to meet 20th-ranked University of North Georgia. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. The next home match for FMU will be a Youth Night contest against Lander University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Queens, the fifth-ranked team in the latest NCAA II Southeast Region poll, is now 5-2-1.
The Royals outshot Francis Marion 21-7 and held a slim 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. The Patriots were outshot 9-1 in the opening half, but evened up the possession more over the final 65 minutes.
Senior goalkeeper Micahla Kitchen started for FMU and made six stops during the first half. Sophomore Rachael Hennenkamp took over goalie duties at halftime and registered five saves during the second half and overtime. Erica Turner posted four saves in goal for Queens.
Junior Emma Hall was the lone Patriot with multiple shots. One of her attempts forced a save by Turner in the 55th minute, while sophomore Rianna Orello created a scoring opportunity in the 88th minute when she dribbled in from the left sideline and fired a shot into traffic from 10 yards out.
In the first overtime period at 99:29, FMU sophomore defender Makayla Chavis launched a free kick from 35 yards out that forced a save by Turner.
Hennekamp came up big in the second extra session as she stopped a point-blank range shot in the 6-yard box and then a follow-up shot by Queen's Lulu Phan ricocheted off the left post. Phan led all players with 12 shots, five of which were on frame.
Credit goes to the Francis Marion backline of Chavis, senior Jessica Garnett, junior Megan Misuraca, sophomore Anna Capra, and freshman Maggie Cross as the Patriots played their second consecutive double-overtime match.
Francis Marion Univ. (3-1-1) ties Queens (N.C.) (5-2-1) 0-0 2OTs
Date: Sep 25, 2019 Attendance: 115
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Francis Marion Univ. 0 0 0 0 - 0
Queens (N.C.)....... 0 0 0 0 - 0
Shots: Francis Marion 7, Queens (N.C.) 21 ; Saves: Francis Marion 11 (Rachael Hennenkamp 5; Micahla Kitchen 6), Queens (N.C.) 4 (TURNER, Erica 4)