FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior midfielder Kyle Clinton and sophomore defender Sawyer Frank have been named to the 2009 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team for men’s soccer.
Clinton was selected to the first team, while Frank was a second-team pick. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of his team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor, achieve a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution.
Clinton, a native of Safety Harbor, Fla., led the Patriots in scoring with seven goals and four assists and tied for ninth in the PBC in total points. Three of his scores were match-winners which was second-best in the conference.
He is a mass communications major with a 3.228 GPA. He is a two-time All-Conference selection for his efforts on the playing field.
Frank, a native of Lake in the Hills, Ill., played in all 19 matches and made 12 starts. He registered five shots and helped anchored a Patriot defense that is ranked 27th nationally in goals against average, that posted eight shutouts, and tied for fewest goals allowed by a team (17) in the Peach Belt.
He possesses a 3.304 GPA as a general business major.
The pair helped lead Francis Marion to an 11-5-3 record this season and a fifth-place finish during the PBC regular-season. FMU lost a narrow overtime decision in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.
Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt Conference is home to 26 NCAA Division II national championships. The conference includes 13 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama, with championships conducted in 13 sports.