FLORENCE, SC – Despite a hard-fought effort by Francis Marion University that kept the match close for 70 minutes, third-ranked and unbeaten Flagler College pulled away for a 6-1 victory over the Patriots, Saturday afternoon (Nov. 9) in Peach Belt Conference women's soccer play.
Francis Marion concludes its season with an 8-8-1 overall record and a 4-7 PBC mark. Flagler (16-0-1, 10-0-1) earns the regular-season conference crown.
After allowing a first minute goal, the Patriots battled back and tied the match at 1-1 after senior midfielder Sierra Cartano scored off an assist from junior Dayle McEwen at the 29:47 mark. It was the second score of the year for the Raleigh, N.C., native and the third of her career – in this her 64th and final appearance as aPatriot.
The Saints regained the advantage with a goal 3:46 before halftime. The margin remained 2-1, until Flagler added insurance tallies in the 73rd, 80th, 83rd, and 86th minutes. All six scores came from different players. Earlier, FMU junior midfielder Emma Hall forced a goalkeeper save with a shot on target in the 70th minute that could have again knotted the score (at 2-2).
Flagler outshot Francis Marion 22-9, while both teams took three corner kicks.
FMU senior goalkeeper Micahla Kitchen registered four saves in her final appearance, while Flagler keeper Sarah-Lisa Dubel recorded three saves.
Senior midfielder Carli Gauthier and Hall led FMU with two shots apiece.
In addition to Cartano, Kitchen, and Gauthier, senior defender Jessica Garnett also made her final appearance in the Red, White, and Blue. The Rock Hill native started her 64th career contest.
#3 Flagler College (16-0-1, 10-0-1) def. Francis Marion Univ. (8-8-1, 4-7-0) 6-1
Date: 11/09/19 Attendance: 78
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Flagler College..... 2 4 - 6
Francis Marion Univ. 1 0 - 1
1-0. 0:58 FLG Sara Sandberg (20) (Lorena Lopez;Josefine Nilsen)
1-1. 29:47 FMU_W Sierra Cartano (2) (Dayle McEwen)
2-1. 41:14 FLG Charlene Nowotny (10) (M. Castorino Mujica) - bicycle kick
3-1. 72:23 FLG Annie Habeeb (11) (Josefine Nilsen)
4-1. 79:13 FLG Josefine Nilsen (5) (Liz Hall)
5-1. 82:08 FLG Liz Hall (3) (Josefine Nilsen)
6-1. 85:20 FLG Josefine Nilsen (6) (Annie Habeeb)
Shots: Flagler 22, Francis Marion 9; Saves: Flagler 4 (Sarah-Lisa Dubel 3), Francis Marion 4 (Micahla Kitchen 4)