ORANGEBURG, SC - A handball whistled against Francis Marion University in the box with 4:01 remaining resulted in a penalty kick goal that gave South Carolina State University a 3-2 victory over the Patriots, Thursday evening (Oct. 20) in non-conference women's soccer action.
Francis Marion falls to 4-11-1 and suffers its fifth one-goal loss of the season, while S.C. State improves to 5-7-3.
Veronica Aguilar converted the penalty kick for the winning score at 85:59. FMU was unable to get a potential tying shot over the final four minutes.
FMU freshman forward Elizabeth Asare scored her third goal of the season, off an assist from Kelly Kady, at the 57:02 mark to tie the score at 1-1. After the Bulldogs went up 2-1, Patriot defender Kimmy Lawrance scored off a corner kick, again on a Kady helper, to knot the score at 2-2 with 6:58 left in the match.
Before the fatal whistle against the Patriots, FMU did manage several attempts at taking its first lead of the match: two Yasmin Bunter corner kicks and a shot by Rebeccah Hoekstra.
Francis Marion led in shots 17-11 and doubled up the Bulldogs in corner kicks 6-3. FMU senior goalkeeper Lauren Vetock recorded four saves, while S.C. State's Mariah Hebbe had seven stops.
The match was scoreless at halftime.
FMU will play its final road match of the season on next Thursday (7 p.m.) at Clemson University.
South Carolina State (5-7-3) def. Francis Marion Univ. (4-11-1) 3-2
Date: Oct 20, 2011 Attendance: 125
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Francis Marion Univ. 0 2 - 2
South Carolina State 0 3 - 3
1-0. 54:20 SCSU Olivia Moore (Kaitlynn Penner) - straight in off a header
1-1. 57:02 FMU Elizabeth Asare (Kelly Kady)
2-1. 58:10 SCSU Nyesha Simmons (unassisted) - off free kick
2-2. 83:02 FMU Kimmy Lawrance (Kelly Kady) - off the corner kick
3-2. 85:59 SCSU Veronica Aguilar Penalty kick - off penalty kick from handball
Shots: Francis Marion Univ. 17, South Carolina State 11
Saves: Francis Marion Univ. 4 (Lauren Vetock 4), South Carolina State 7 (Mariah Hebbe 7)