Lander knocks Patriots from ranks of the unbeaten
Lander scored a pair of goals in a 9-minute span midway through the first half and the home-standing Bearcats went on to claim a 2-0 victory over seventh-ranked Francis Marion Saturday in Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer action.
With the loss, Francis Marion falls to 5-1-1 and 0-1-0 in the PBC and ends its recent three-match road swing with a win, a tie, and a loss. The Patriots return home to host Barton College Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Hartzler Soccer Field.
FMU outshot the Bearcats 9-8, and led 4-3 in shots on goal, while both teams managed two corner kicks.
Junior goalkeeper Maximiliano Rocco registered one save for the Patriots, while Lander keeper Jacob Withers tallied four stops.
Robbie Young gave Lander (5-1-1, 1-0-0) a 1-0 advantage with an unassisted score at the 24:55 mark. Jed Smith doubled the margin to 2-0 when he headed in a corner kick by Oakley Hanger at 33:52.
A Patriot free kick with 13:40 remaining sailed into the 6-yard box, but no Francis Marion player was able to get a foot on it. Withers stopped a pair of Patriot attempts late in the match: on a Magnus Hoejland shot in the 86th minute and a shot by Sidney Warden in the 87th minute.
Sophomore Nestor Nunez led Francis Marion with three shots.
Thompson paces Pats at The Grove
Sophomore McClure Thompson shot an even-par 72 to rank among the Top-10 and help lead Francis Marion to a seventh-place standing, Sunday after the opening round of the Intercollegiate at The Grove Golf Tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee State.
The second and third rounds were held Monday and Tuesday at the 7,368-yard, par-72 The Grove Club course.
Tennessee sits atop the team standings with a 4-under par 284 score. Lamar and Troy are tied for second at 292. The Patriots carded a first-round 299 score, only three strokes out of the Top 5.
Thompson’s round has him tied for 10th position in the players’ standings, five strokes behind individual leader Hugo Hellman of Lamar who fired a 67.
Juniors Jacob Morris and John Burghardt both shot 75 and are tied for 27th, while freshman Casper Kennedy is tied for 49th with a 77 scorecard, and sophomore Grant Sellers (80) is tied for 71st. FMU junior Michael Rials is competing as an individual and also shot an 80.