FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s soccer teams will both play host to Clayton State University on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 23), on what will also be Senior Day for the Patriot women’s squad.
The women’s match will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on the FMU Soccer Field, followed by the men’s match at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Patriot women enter their final home match of 2005 with a 4-7-0 record, while Clayton State is 9-2-1. The FMU men are 7-8-0 overall and 0-4-0 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Clayton State (8-3-4, 3-0-1) is ranked 16th nationally and leads the PBC standings.
Prior to the start of the women’s match, Francis Marion will recognize its five seniors: forward Katie Riley (Hampstead, Md.), midfielders Liz Gallacher (Waldorf, Md.) and Mollie Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio), and backs Kate Anderson (Loveland, Ohio) and Sara Wilson (Norfolk, Va.). These five players have helped lead the Patriots to a four-year mark of 40-24-2 and played a large role in this season’s transition to NCAA Division I. Three of the players have not missed a match during their careers.
Riley, who was an All-American last year both on the field and in the classroom, has appeared in every match (66) and stands second on the team’s all-time lists for goals scored (45), points scored (109), and shots (209). She also has 19 assists and 10 match-winning goals.
Gallacher has played in 61 matches, while registering eight goals and 10 assists. Jones has also made 66 appearances and has career totals of seven goals and 23 assists. While anchoring the Patriot defense, Anderson has played in 65 matches with two assists and Wilson has been in all 66 matches with two assists.
The FMU women’s team will conclude their first season of Division I soccer with three road matches. The Patriot men have two remaining home matches in 2005 prior to the PBC Tournament.