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Patriots and Bears draw 3-3 in soccer opener

Published: September 1, 2016

HICKORY, NC – Francis Marion University scored three goals in the opening 25 minutes, but Lenoir-Rhyne University countered with three unanswered scores and the two squads battled through scoreless overtime periods to settle for a 3-3 tie, Thursday night (Sept. 1) in men’s college soccer action.

FMU (0-0-1) will play its home opener on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. when the Patriots entertain the University of Mount Olive.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Freshman Lee Northfield opened Francis Marion’s 2016 campaign with a third-minute goal. He received a cross from freshman Mathias Hjort and then turned and fired a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Sophomore Oliver Drakenhammar doubled the margin to 2-0 when he scored off a Mathew Bainbridge assist at the 16:42 mark.  Junior Harrison Smith converted a penalty kick in the 25th minute to up the Patriot advantage to 3-0.

However, Lenoir-Rhyne countered with its first score only 26 seconds after Smith’s PK.  The Bears trimmed the margin to 3-2 at the 57:46 mark and knotted the score on a Marc Fernandez tally at 59:02.

FMU sophomore Jonathan Mannes manned the goal for the Patriots and recorded seven saves.  Lenoir-Rhyne’s Zach King also registered seven stops in goal.  The Bears outshot the Patriots 26-18 while each team took six corner kicks.

Francis Marion registered two shots in each of the overtime sessions with Smith and Drakenhammar each forcing a save by King.

The final 3-3 score is the highest-scoring deadlock for the Patriots in 13 seasons dating back to a 3-3 tie at Belmont Abbey College on Sept. 25, 2004.

Francis Marion Univ. (0-0-1) tied Lenoir-Rhyne (0-0-1) 3-3

Date: Sep 01, 2016  Attendance: 175
Weather: 75, wet

Goals by period         1  2 OT O2  Tot

Francis Marion Univ.  3  0  0  0 -  3
Lenoir-Rhyne........     1  2  0  0 -  3


1-0.   2:44 FMU Lee Northfield (1) (Mathias Hjort) - cross from the edge of the box, turned and shot, bottom right corner
2-0.  16:42 FMU Oliver Drakenhammar (1) (Matthew Bainbridge) - straight pass, 12 yards out, top left corner
3-0.  24:18 FMU Harrison Smith (1) Penalty kick
3-1.  24:44 LR Devi Ndrita (1) (unassisted) - dribbled down the left sideline, shot in the top right corner
3-2.  57:46 LR Romain Lopez (1) (Marc Fernandez) - cross to the right, lead pass, 20 yards out
3-3.  59:02 LR Marc Fernandez (1) (Ismael Noumansana) - pass to the left, line-drive shot

Shots: Francis Marion Univ. 18, Lenoir-Rhyne 26 ; Saves: Francis Marion Univ. 7 (Jonathan Mannes 7), Lenoir-Rhyne 7 (Zach King 7)

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