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Three FMU booters named to All-PBC soccer squad


FLORENCE, S.C. – Three Francis Marion University men’s soccer players have been named to the Peach Belt Conference 2009 All-Conference Team.

Senior midfielder Kyle Clinton was named to the first-team All-PBC squad, while junior forward Juan Rivas and junior defender Ivan Juric both earned second-team recognition.

The trio helped lead Francis Marion to an 11-5-3 record this season. The Patriots tied for fewest goals allowed by a team in the Peach Belt, with opponents tallying only 17 scores in the 19 matches. The Patriots placed fifth in the final PBC regular-season standings and lost a tight overtime decision in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.

Clinton, a native of Safety Harbor, Fla., led the Patriots in scoring with seven goals and four assists. Three of his scores were match-winners. This is the second straight year he earned first-team All-PBC honors. He ends his career with 29 goals in 75 matches, including eight match-winning tallies.

Rivas, an All-PBC selection in each of his three seasons, registered three goals and four assists despite missing six matches due to injuries. Two of the Clearwater, Fla., native’s goals were match-winners.

Juric, a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was also an All-PBC selection last year. This season, he moved from the midfield to an outside defender position where he started all 19 matches and played 1,719 out of a possible 1,784 minutes. He recorded two goals and one assist, and helped anchored a Patriot defense that is ranked 22nd nationally in goals against average and that posted eight shutouts.


2009 Peach Belt Conference Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team

First Team
Aaron Brittain, Lander
Andy Pullin, UNC Pembroke
Nathaniel Foster, Montevallo
Second Team
Leighton Fredericks, Clayton State

First Team
Adam Arthur, Lander
Kyle Clinton, Francis Marion
Kyle Timm, Clayton State
Second Team
Pol Berenguer, Flagler
Milan Pualic, Montevallo
Troy Watson, USC Aiken

First Team
Liam Brown, Clayton State
Ben Chedgy, North Georgia
Jamie Ramm, Lander
Second Team
Ivan Juric, Francis Marion
John Lesko, USC Aiken
Kevin Partel, Flagler

First Team
David Cristofoli, Clayton State
Second Team
Rade Tanaskovic, North Georgia

First Team
Johan Bergfeld, Flagler
Craig Hughes, Lander
Second Team
Conor Killeen, Flagler
Juan Rivas, Francis Marion

Co-Players of the Year
Adam Arthur, Lander
Kyle Timm, Clayton State
Freshman of the Year
Joseph Toby, Flagler
Coach of the Year
John Lynch, Flagler


Last Published: December 15, 2009 1:45 PM
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