FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s soccer teams will conclude their 2011 regular-season schedules with Senior Day match-ups this weekend. The Patriot men will play host to North Georgia College & State University on Saturday at 2 p.m., while the FMU women will entertain Longwood University on Sunday with a 3 p.m. kickoff. Admission to both matches is free.
The men’s contest will help sort out the final Peach Belt Conference standings and the accompanying PBC Tournament pairings. The Patriots, currently 4-11-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the PBC, will be on the road for a first-round tournament match on Tuesday against an opponent yet to be determined. North Georgia is 8-6-1 overall and 4-3-0 in conference play.
FMU will honor three seniors prior to Saturday’s match: forward Adam Dillihay (35 career matches), midfielder Cameron Mabee (70 appearances), and defender Adrian Williams (66 appearances). All three were members of the 2008 Patriot squad that won both the PBC regular-season and tournament championships and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Francis Marion women’s soccer team will play the final match on the FMU Soccer Field as the new Griffin Athletic Complex, and Hartzler (Soccer) Field, will open for the 2012 seasons.
The Patriot women are 4-12-1, while Longwood owns a 6-7-4 mark. FMU leads the all-time series 6-2-0, but the Lancers captured a 3-0 victory last year in Farmville, Va.
The women will honor two seniors on this year’s squad: midfielder Erin Breen (47 appearances) and goalkeeper Lauren Vetock (62 appearances). Breen is a four-year letterwinner, while Vetock transferred to FMU from Shepherd University in 2010.
The FMU women own an all-time home record of 101-26-7 on the pitch located behind the Smith University Center that is nestled up against the tall pine trees.