FLORENCE, S.C. – Post-season honors continue to accumulate for Francis Marion University soccer players as three members of the Patriot women’s team and two men’s players have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-Southeast Region Team.
Junior forward Katie Roberts (Frederick, Md.) was named to the first-team All-Region squad, while freshman forward Katie Riley (Hampstead, Md.) and junior back Jessica Skarzinski (Charles Town, W.Va.) were selected to the third team.
FMU senior midfielder Dennis Salomon (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and senior back Justin Smith (Pickerington, Ohio) were both named to the men’s All-Region second team.
Roberts, the 2002 Peach Belt Conference “Player of the Year,” earns first-team All-Region honors for the third consecutive year. She led FMU with 11 assists and 39 points, while scoring 14 goals. Her 11 assists tied the FMU single-season record, and she ranked among the conference leaders in all three categories. With career totals of 28 assists and 98 points, she is one assist and one point away from setting new team marks in those categories. She is second on the Patriot career list for goals scored with 35, only four behind the record.
Riley led the Patriots with 15 goals, the second-highest total in the PBC, and registered three assists and 33 total points. Her goal total equaled the second-highest season total ever for a Patriot.
Skarzinksi anchored a Patriot defense that allowed only 23 goals in 19 matches. A second-team All-Region choice in 2000, she tallied her first career goal during the 2002 campaign.
The three helped lead Francis Marion to a 12-6-1 mark and an appearance in the PBC Tournament semifinals. Four of the team’s losses were by one goal, and the two others were to nationally ranked opponents.
Salomon directed the Patriot offense from his midfield position, while recording six goals and four assists. He garnered PBC “Player of the Week” honors once in 2002. Smith tallied one goal and two assists and led a defense that allowed only 27 goals in 20 matches, and only 14 in the final 13 matches.
The two helped lead the Patriot men to a 15-5-0 record and the Peach Belt regular-season championship. Picked to finish fifth in the coaches’ preseason poll after finishing last in 2001, Francis Marion won its final 12 regular-season matches, before falling in the PBC Tournament semifinals and narrowly missing an invitation to the NCAA Division II national tournament.