FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University freshman forward Katie Riley has been selected as the Peach Belt Conference women’s soccer “Player of the Week” for the week of Oct. 14-20, while the Patriots moved into the Top 10 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 poll.
Riley, a native of Hampstead, Md., scored three goals on nine shots, including the match-winning goals in both contests the Patriots played last week.
She scored a second-half goal to give Francis Marion a 2-1 win over Belmont Abbey College on Oct. 17, and scored both goals in a 2-1 win over 19th-ranked Presbyterian College on Oct. 19. Her tie-breaking goal came with less than 30 minutes remaining in that key region match.
Riley is second on the team in both goals scored (11) and points (25). She also has three assists.
Riley is a product of North Carroll High School, where she was an All-State and All-Conference performer. She also played for the Parkville Pumas club team.
She is the second Patriot to earn “Player of the Week” honors this season, following Katie Roberts who gained the honor in September.
Francis Marion (11-3-0) moved up two positions in this week’s national poll and now shares the ninth spot with Wheeling Jesuit University.
This is the fifth straight week FMU has been listed in the poll. It is the highest ranking for Francis Marion since the Patriots were listed No. 8 in the first poll of the 2001 season.
Unbeaten Northern Kentucky University (14-0-1) won its only match last week to stay No. 1 in the poll.
FMU also maintained its hold on the top spot in the latest NSCAA Southeast Regional rankings for the second straight week.
FMU returns to action Wednesday (Oct. 23) with a 5 p.m. conference match at USC Aiken.