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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Bello has hand in every goal of FMU's 3-0 win

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FLORENCE, S.C. − Forward Javier Bello had a direct hand in all three scores as Francis Marion University blanked the University of Mount Olive 3-0, Wednesday in Conference Carolinas men’s soccer action.

FMU (3-4-2, 2-1-0) will entertain 18th-ranked North Greenville University on Saturday at 7 p.m. on Hartzler Field.

The Patriots outshot Mount Olive 13-5 and managed a 7-5 edge in corner kicks. However, the FMU defense did not allow a shot on goal allowing goalkeeper Andrea Scapolo to record his third shutout of the season without having to make a save.

Trojan keeper Axel Engren registered five saves.

Francis Marion held UMO without a shot for the opening 37 minutes while building a 1-0 advantage at halftime. The opening score, originally called an own goal, was credited to forward Nick Huenig after a post-game review. Bello sent a hard service into the 6-yard box from the left side and Huenig redirected it into the goal after sliding in front of Engren at the 20:49 mark.

Huenig has chances to add to the lead, but a 27th-minute header sailed outside the right post and his turn-and-shoot effort from the top of the box in the 35th minute was snagged by Engren. Bello forced a great save by Engren at 40:48 with a hard shot from 12 yards out.

Bello did double the margin to 2-0 just 3:13 into the second half. Midfielder Hugo Jonsson played a through ball to Bello who dribbled twice and chipped a 10-yard shot over a hard-charging Engren.

Bello assisted on the final tally as he laid the ball off to Jose Curvelo in the right side of the penalty area and he buried a 15-yard shot in to the left-side netting of the goal.

Bello, Huenig, and forward Jhancarlo Palma led FMU with three shots apiece.


Mount Olive 5


FLORENCE − Francis Marion midfielder Abbey Brosnihan scored her first career goal in the opening two minutes for the Patriots, who lost 5-1 Wednesday to Mount Olive.

The Patriots (1-5-2, 0-3-1) stay home with a match on Saturday against North Greenville University at 4:30 p.m. on Hartzler Field.

FMU was outshot 18-7, with three Patriots tries being on target. The Trojans (5-3-0, 3-0-0) registered 12 shots on goal.

The FMU score was delivered by defender Courtney DeNoux from outside the 20-yard box that was ultimately finished off by a looping Brosnihan header over the keeper’s outstretched arm. The goal came at the 1:29 mark.

Brosnihan and forwards Valentina Restrepo and Kylie Reif led the Patriots with two shots apiece. Forward Jada Pearson added a shot as well.


Patriots to compete at ITA

Regional this weekend

FLORENCE – Members of the Francis Marion University men’s and women’s tennis teams have been selected to participate in the ITA Southeast Regional Tennis Tournament, Friday through Monday at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter.

In men’s action, junior Liam Day and sophomores Harri Lloyd-Evans and Martin Barbera will compete in singles play, while two FMU doubles teams will participate: Day and junior Leonel Gonzalez and the duo of Lloyd-Evans and Barbera.

In Friday’s singles draw, Lloyd-Evans will face Cedric Holzmann of Flagler College at 9:30 a.m. and Barbera will face Edis Nokic of Wingate University at 10 a.m. Day earned a first-round bye and will play his first match on Friday at 3 p.m.

In Friday’s doubles draw, Lloyd-Evans and Barbera will play Samuel Winter and Thibeault Decaluwe of Coker University at 8 a.m., while Day and Gonzalez will play Julian Kenzlers and Juan Sengariz of Anderson University also at 8 a.m.

In women’s singles, FMU senior Gabriel Karatantcheva and freshman Chelsea Seidewitz will compete. The doubles team of junior Julie Martincova and sophomore Kim Venghaus will participate in the 32-team draw.

In Friday’s doubles draw, Martincova and Venghaus will battle Sofia Shing and Chiara Santoro of Georgia College & State University at 8 a.m., while in Friday’s singles action, Seidewitz will face Lisa Voloshyna of the University of Mount Olive at 11:30 a.m. and Karatantcheva will play Katie Robeson of Anderson at 1 p.m.

Further bracket play for doubles will include the round of 32 on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m., the round of 16 on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., quarterfinals on Sunday at 9 a.m., semifinals on Sunday at 11 a.m., and the championship matches on Monday at 9 a.m.

Further bracket play for singles will include the round of 64 on Friday beginning at 1:30 p.m., the round of 32 on Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m., the round of 16 on Sunday at noon, quarterfinals on Sunday at 3 p.m., semifinals on Monday at 10:30 a.m., and the championships on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Winners at the regional advance to the ITA Cup to be held later this fall in Rome, Ga.

FMU to host volleyball,

soccer this weekend

FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University women’s volleyball team will host a pair of Conference Carolinas matches this weekend, while the Patriot men’s and women’s soccer teams will entertain North Greenville University for a doubleheader.

The Patriot volleyball team (7-6, 2-2) will host the University of Mount Olive (8-6, 2-0) on Friday at 6 p.m. and Chowan University (4-8, 1-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission to both matches is free.

The soccer twinbill will begin with the women’s match on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 7 p.m.

Admission to the Griffin Athletic Complex for the soccer matches is $8 for adults and $5 for students with FMU students being admitted free with identification.

The men’s match will feature fourth-place FMU (3-4-2, 2-1-0) against the 18th-ranked and second-place Crusaders (4-2-2, 2-0-2). Francis Marion has won the only two meetings between the men’s programs.

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