AIKEN, SC – Senior goalkeeper Micahla Kitchen recorded her third consecutive shutout and juniors Dayle McEwen and Emma Hall scored first-half goals to lift surging Francis Marion University to a 2-0 road victory over USC Aiken, Wednesday night (Oct. 23) in Peach Belt Conference women's soccer play
Francis Marion wins for the third straight outing to improve to 6-5-1 overall and move into eighth place in the PBC standings with a 3-4-0 mark. The six victories are the most for the Patriots in seven seasons.
FMU will return home to face Clayton State University in a key PBC match, Saturday at 5 p.m. on Military Appreciation Day. All active or retired military personnel will be admitted free with ID.
USCA outshot the Patriots 12-6, but Kitchen tallied eight saves and stretched her scoreless minutes streak to 313:33. It is the longest streak by an FMU keeper in 10 seasons, dating back to a streak of 423:15 by Emily Brandenburg covering the 2008 and 2009 campaigns.
McEwen put Francis Marion on top in the sixth minute when she took a cross from Hall and scored from 10 yards out. It was her team-leading sixth score of the year and the 17 of her career.
Hall doubled the margin at 34:08 with her second goal of 2019, owing to an assist from freshman Maggie Cross.
Although FMU was outshot, the Patriots held a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Kitchen posted five of her saves in the second stanza as the Pacers (1-11-0, 1-6-0) looked to narrow the margin.
McEwen led Francis Marion with three shots.
Francis Marion Univ. (6-5-1; 3-4) vs. USC Aiken (1-11; 1-6)
Date: Oct 23, 2019 Attendance: 316
Weather: Mostly clear, mid to upper 60s
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Francis Marion Univ. 2 0 - 2
USC Aiken........... 0 0 - 0
1-0. 5:41 FMU_W Dayle McEwen (6) (Emma Hall) - cross from right side to left side direct in front, 10 yrds out
2-0. 34:08 FMU_W Emma Hall (2) (Maggie Cross) - shot straight on, on edge of box
Shots: Francis Marion 6, USC Aiken 12 ; Saves: Francis Marion 8 (Micahla Kitchen 8), USC Aiken 3 (Madi Banks 2; Makenzie Maxwell 1)