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FMU defender earns PBC weekly award, Patriots host PPC match

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior Adrian Williams has been named the Peach Belt Conference’s “Defensive Player of the Week,” for the week ending Oct. 16.

The 5-9 native of Ajax, Ontario, Canada, helped lead the Francis Marion men’s soccer team to a 1-1 tie with USC Aiken and a 2-0 victory over 21st-ranked University of Montevallo, extending the Patriots’ unbeaten streak to three matches.

Williams anchored a Patriot defense that allowed only the one goal and 10 shots on frame during the two matches. FMU has allowed only one goal over its past 308 minutes, stretching back four matches.

Williams is a four-year starter and has appeared in 63 career matches. This season, he has played every minute of the Patriots’ 13 contests.

Williams is a product of Ajax High School.

Francis Marion will return to action on Wednesday (Oct. 19) when the Patriots play host to Limestone College (8-5-0) in the program’s sixth-annual Passionately Pink for the Cure match. Kick-off is set for 4 p.m. on the FMU Soccer Field and admission is free.

The FMU team has partnered with Zeta Tau Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta sororities to raise funds for and promote awareness of breast cancer.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink and support the life-saving work of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by making a donation. These donations will help fund critical breast cancer research, as well as local education, screening and treatment programs that impact people in the Florence community.

Donations can be made online at

The team’s goal is $1,000.

Commemorative pink t-shirts can also be purchased.                       

Each year to show their support for the cause, the men allow the color pink to take over. The team wears pink shirts during warm-ups, uses pink soccer balls, and paints pink ribbons on the field. 

Breast cancer education and awareness may be the national philanthropy for a sorority, but for the soccer team it means a little more. Six years ago a senior player’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. The team was forced to go through the experience together and support their teammate as his family went through the difficult time. A year later in the summer of 2006, the mother of a rising senior was diagnosed with breast cancer and again the team was faced with the same situation.

“Because it was in front of our face and we couldn’t really ignore it, I thought that maybe we could do our part,” FMU head coach Kevin Varnado said when speaking of the decision to partner with the Passionately Pink for the Cure cause.

The Passionately Pink match has become something to look forward to for the team. Their fall season runs through October which is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and that made the decision even easier six years ago. Since that first match, the encouragement and support from the players’ families and FMU faculty and staff has continued to grow.


Last Published: November 1, 2011 4:52 PM
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