FLORENCE, SC – Senior defender Janne Brouer scored on a rebound shot with 6:52 left before halftime and Clayton State University held off a determined Francis Marion University squad for a 1-0 Peach Belt Conference win, Saturday evening (Oct. 26) in women's soccer action.
The loss snaps Francis Marion's three-match shutout winning streak and drops the Patriots to 6-6-1 overall and 3-5-0 in conference play. Clayton State improves to 6-5-1 and 3-4-1 and leapfrogs FMU in the PBC standings.
FMU will play host to local conference rival UNC Pembroke on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Lakers outshot Francis Marion 16-3 and held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.
FMU senior goalkeeper Micahla Kitchen posted a career-high equaling 10 saves. Several of her stops were of the diving variety, many over the final 45 minutes as she kept the margin at one goal. However, her scoreless minutes streak in goal was stopped at 351:40, the longest by a Patriot since 2009.
Sophomore Kiley Barr had an attempt from inside the right side of the penalty area in the 35th minute, but Clayton State junior goalkeeper Valentina Bonaiuto made her only save of the night to deny the threat.
The Lakers' goal came following a corner kick by Moa Loftman from the right side. Manoly Baquerizo snapped a header toward the FMU goal, but the shot was stopped by a Patriot defender on the goal line. However, the ball rebounded to Brouer (who was up the field for the corner) and she tallied her sixth goal of the year from four yards out.
Post-match comments from FMU head coach Lindsey Morgan
Clayton State Univ. (6-5-1, 3-4-1) def. Francis Marion Univ. (6-6-1, 3-5-0) 1-0
Date: 10/26/19 Attendance: 77
Weather: Pleasant early, rain last 6 minutes
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Clayton State Univ.. 1 0 - 1
Francis Marion Univ. 0 0 - 0
1-0. 38:08 CST Brouer,Janne (6) (Baquerizo,Manoly) – 4-yard shot off rebound of header shot by Baquerizo that was blocked by an FMU defender on the goal line
Shots: Clayton State 16, Francis Marion 3 ; Saves: Clayton State 1 (Valentina Bonaiuto 1), Francis Marion 11 (Micahla Kitchen 10)