The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s soccer teams will hold Senior Day when they both play host to Clayton College & State University on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 1). The women’s match will kick-off at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The FMU men own a 9-8-0 overall record and a 1-4 PBC mark, while the Lakers are 9-5-1 and 2-3-0. This will be the final regular-season match for both squads. The PBC Tournament begins Wednesday.
Forward Ben Chavolla, Francis Marion’s lone senior, continues to lead the squad in scoring with 13 goals and three assists. His goal total equals the eighth-highest season total in team history. He transferred to FMU this past summer after his former school, Concord College, dropped its men’s soccer program.
FMU leads the all-time series 7-0-3.
The Patriot women were 9-6-0 (3-3-0 in the Peach Belt) heading into Thursday evening’s non-conference match at Catawba College. Clayton State will enter Saturday’s match 4-12-1 and 1-5-0. The women’s PBC Tournament begins Tuesday with four first-round matches. FMU needs a victory Saturday to assure itself of a home match on Tuesday.
The Patriots will honor two seniors who over the past four years have helped FMU to a 53-20-2 mark. Forward Katie Roberts is the school’s career leader in shots (204), goals (45), assists (34), and points (124). She is a two-time All-American and three-time All-PBC selection, including twice earning Peach Belt “Player of the Year” honors. Back Jessica Skarzinski has appeared in 69 career matches and helped anchor the Patriot defense. She is also a three-time All-PBC selection and has twice earned All-Region honors. Roberts was an Academic All-American in 2002 and both seniors have been named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll three times.
FMU leads the women’s series 6-1-0.
The Francis Marion University women’s volleyball team will play host to a pair of Peach Belt Conference matches this weekend. FMU (10-20 overall record, 3-7 PBC) will entertain eighth-ranked University of North Florida (23-2, 10-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. and then host Armstrong Atlantic State University (15-12, 7-3) on Saturday at 3 p.m. A UNF win on Friday would clinch at least a share of the regular-season PBC title for the Lady Ospreys, who have won 42 consecutive regular-season conference matches. Freshman Lezlie Logan leads FMU in kills (2.86 per game), while senior Kim Covil averages 2.35 kills and 2.82 digs per game. Sixteen of the team’s 30 matches this season have been decided in three games, and the Patriots remain unbeaten (8-0) when winning the first game of a match.
PEACH BELT CONFERENCE
The Peach Belt Conference, in only its 13th year of existence, has produced 18 NCAA Division II national champions and 16 national runners-up. Currently, at least one PBC member school is ranked in the top 8 of each of the men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and golf national polls.