FLORENCE, S.C. – Three members of the Francis Marion University women’s soccer team – senior defender Kristi Eyler, junior forward Katie Riley, and sophomore forward Ashley Fortune – were recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Southeast Region Team.
Both Riley and Fortune were named to the 11-member first team, while Eyler was selected to the second team. Riley previously earned third-team All-Region honors following her freshman season in 2002.
Riley, a native of Hampstead, Md., tallied 13 goals and nine assists to rank fourth in the Peach Belt Conference in total points. Among her goals were four match-winning scores. She also ranks third in the Peach Belt with 38 career goals.
Fortune, a native of Bothell, Wash., led the Patriots in scoring with 15 goals and 10 assists, ranking third in the PBC in points. In her first season at Francis Marion, she tallied six match-winning scores. Last year as a freshman at Texas Christian University, she was selected to Conference USA’s All-Freshman Team.
Eyler, a native of Abingdon, Md., started 16 of 17 matches and anchored the Patriot defense that allowed only 19 goals and recorded nine shutouts. She also scored three goals and recorded five assists to finish fifth on the team in total points.
All three players were earlier named to the PBC All-Conference team.
The three helped lead FMU to a 13-4-0 record and the program’s first PBC regular-season championship. The Patriots lost a one-goal decision in the PBC Tournament semifinals, knocking the squad out of consideration for an NCAA Division II national tournament invitation.