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Patriot booters earn PBC defensive awards

FLORENCE, S.C. – For the second straight week, Francis Marion University junior Clark Richeson has been named the Peach Belt Conference’s “Goalkeeper of the Week,” while senior midfielder Alden Brooks was selected as the PBC’s “Defensive Player of the Week” for the week ending Oct. 18.

The pair helped lead Francis Marion to back-to-back shutout conference wins: 2-0 at UNC Pembroke and 1-0 at home against North Georgia. Heading into Wednesday’s home match with USC Aiken, FMU is 8-3-3 overall and fourth in the conference standings with a 3-1-2 mark and 11 points.

Richeson ran his scoreless streak in goal to 387:18 with the two shutouts. That is the second-longest such streak in team history, behind a 481:05 streak that Richeson set in 2008. This past week he registered six saves in the UNCP match and five against North Georgia. He has recorded six shutouts this season and 12 in his career.

The Mansfield, Texas, native leads the PBC in goals against average (0.69), save percentage (.888), and saves per match (5.64). This is his third weekly award of 2009 and the sixth time in three seasons he has been honored.

Brooks, from his defensive midfield position, helped limit FMU’s two opponents to a combined total of only 22 shots and only half were on-goal attempts. The Gastonia, N.C., native helped hold the conference’s top scorer, Andy Pullin of UNCP, to only one shot. 

The FMU defense has allowed a conference-low 10 scores in 2009 and sports a PBC-best 0.68 goals against average.

Richeson was an All-District and All-Region goalkeeper at Summit High School. Brooks was an All-State selection at Ashbrook High School.

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Last Published: October 28, 2009 3:41 PM
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