Senior midfielder Chanel Harris went to differing lengths to score a pair of second-half goals that helped lead Francis Marion University to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Charleston Southern University, Saturday night (Oct. 11) in non-conference women’s soccer action. The Patriots win their second match in a row, while Charleston Southern drops to 5-8-1. FMU will travel to Spartanburg to play USC Upstate on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The final home match of the year, Senior Day, will be Oct. 26 against Delaware State University at 1 p.m.
The Francis Marion University women's soccer team will host its annual Sea of Red Match on Tuesday (Oct. 7) when the Patriots entertain South Carolina State University. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Hartzler Field. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID). The games will be streamed live online at http://www.ustream.tv/fmupatriots and shown locally on Time Warner Cable channel 11, courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.
The Florence Soccer Association’s U17 girls team, the Strikers, were the champions of the 19th Annual Aiken Cup held Aug. 23-24 on the polo fields in Aiken. The Strikers went undefeated during the weekend event and allowed only one goal in four matches. They are the first FSA girls team to win the Aiken Cup. FSA also had four other teams that were finalists: U9 boys (FSA Fear), U12 boys (FSA Inferno), U15 girls (FSA Heat) and U18 boys (FSA Fusion).
Francis Marion University head women’s soccer coach Frank Pitt recently announced the signing of two newcomers to the Patriot women’s soccer team: Casey Murakami of Charleston and Melina Much of Valley Center, Calif. Murakami is a 5-8 goalkeeper who hails from West Ashley High School where she was team captain in 2013 for coach Richard Wideman’s squad. A letterwinner in each of her four years at West Ashley, Murakami was a stalwart between the posts her senior year, posting a save percentage of 89.9.