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Patriot Men at PBC Tournament Semifinals, Women at Independent Cup
   FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s soccer teams will both be in the greater Atlanta area this weekend for matches.
   The seventh-seeded Patriot men (8-10-1) will play in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals, Saturday at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga. The FMU women (5-7-1) will play in the Independent Cup, Saturday and Sunday in Kennesaw, Ga.
   The Francis Marion men will play third-seeded and 18th-ranked USC Upstate (12-2-2) in Saturday’s second semifinal match at 2:30 p.m. Top-seeded and ninth-ranked Clayton State (11-3-4) will play fifth-seeded North Georgia College & State University (10-5-2) in the first semifinal at noon. The championship match is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. on CSU’s Laker Field.
   FMU shocked second-seeded and 17th-ranked UNC Pembroke in Wednesday’s first round, advancing via a penalty kick shootout. USC Upstate advanced with a 3-1 first-round victory over USC Aiken. 
   USC Upstate leads the all-time series with Francis Marion 17-4-0, including a 3-0 win on Sept. 24 in Spartanburg. However, the Patriots have won two of the three PBC Tournament meetings with the Spartans. FMU is 9-13-2 all-time in Peach Belt Tournament competition, including winning the 1999 event.
   PBC Tournament action can be followed online at
   The Francis Marion women will play the University of Northern Colorado (5-9-2), Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kennesaw State University’s 1,200-seat soccer complex. The Patriots will then conclude their first season of NCAA Division I competition by facing the host Owls (12-3-1) on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Last Published: November 30, 2005 7:18 AM
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