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
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Shots: Francis Marion Univ. 18, Lenoir-Rhyne 26 ; Saves: Francis Marion Univ. 7 (Jonathan Mannes 7), Lenoir-Rhyne 7 (Zach King 7)