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Photo Credit: Donald Watkins
Photo Credit: Donald Watkins
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Shaw University men's soccer team couldn't get its offense going as they fell to No.20 Francis Marion University Monday night at the Hartzler Field.
Francis Marion applied the offensive pressure from the opening kick, putting shots on goal early testing the Shaw defense. The Patriots had two goals wiped away by foul and offside calls before FMU finally converted a pass through the Shaw defense for the opening goal in the 38 th minute firing a shot into the right corner. FMU carried the one goal lead into the break.
The Patriots outshot the Bears 8-1 during the first stanza with four of those shots being on goal. FMU was also awarded seven corner kicks to Shaw's zero. It would also be a physical first half as seven fouls total were called with five against the Bears along with a yellow card. FMU kept the pressure by adding another goal in the 51 st minute making the score 2-0. Shaw finally attempted
it's first corner kick with 29 minutes remaining but was unable to produce a serious chance with the kick. The Patriots made it 3-0 with a goal in the 77 th minute. FMU then added their last goal with less than a minute remaining with a shot that got just between the pole and goalkeeper.
The Bears were able to improve its shot attempts to five total with two being on goal while the Patriots put an impressive 17 shots up total with nine being on goal.
Shaw falls to 3-8-2 overall on the season while Francis Marion improves to 9-2-1. The Bears return to action Saturday, Oct. 27 as they travel to Salem, W.V. to face Salem. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.
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