FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior defender Justin Kibler has been selected as the Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer “Defensive Player of the Week” for the week of Sept. 21-27, while junior Clark Richeson was named the PBC’s “Goalkeeper of the Week” for the same time period.
The pair helped Francis Marion to a 1-0-1 mark in two road matches last week.
Kibler, a native of Pickerington, Ohio, helped anchor a Patriot defense that allowed only 21 shots (9 on-goal) and one goal in 200 minutes. He also assisted on FMU’s goal in a 1-0 win at Georgia Southwestern State University on Saturday. That win extended Francis Marion’s unbeaten streak in PBC regular-season matches to eight contests.
Richeson, a native of Mansfield, Texas, made five saves in a 1-1 tie at 23rd-ranked Coker College and then registered three saves in Saturday’s match at Georgia Southwestern en route to his third shutout of the year and ninth of his career. He leads the conference in goals against average (0.73) and save percentage (.880) and is second in saves.
The FMU defense has allowed a conference-low six scores in 2009 and sports a PBC-best 0.73 goals against average.
The 5-2-1 Patriots will play a key Peach Belt match at Lander University on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Following that contest, the Patriots will have played seven of their first nine matches on the road. FMU will play six home matches in the month of October, beginning with a 3 p.m. contest against the University of Montevallo on Saturday.
Kibler is a product of Pickerington North High School, where he earned first-team All-League and All-District honors as a senior. Richeson was an All-District and All-Region goalkeeper at Summit High School.
Richeson earned PBC “Goalkeeper of the Week” recognition three times in 2008.