FLORENCE SC – Sophomore forward Jack Bailey scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead Limestone College to a 4-1 non-conference win over Francis Marion University, Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 19) in men’s soccer action.
Francis Marion (3-10-1) sees its modest three-game unbeaten streak snapped, while Limestone improves to 9-5-0. The Patriots had allowed only one score over their previous 308 minutes of play spanning parts of four matches.
The loss, along with wind and rain, dampened FMU’s sixth-annual Passionately Pink for the Cure match that helps raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer.
Francis Marion nearly took an early lead on an own goal in the fifth minute, when a Limestone defender miss-hit a clearance and the ball just cleared the crossbar.
Bailey did dent the scoreboard in the 39th minute when he collected a loose ball in the box and knocked in a 6-yard shot.
His second goal came at 50:01 and upped the Saints’ advantage to 2-0. A hard-and-fast through ball deflected off an FMU defender and caromed right to Bailey for an open 10-yard attempt. Bailey now has 10 goals this season.
Bailey and Bryce Ziada assisted on Limestone’s third score, an 8-yard shot by freshman Daniel Mohsen at 53:06.
The Patriots trimmed the margin to 3-1 at 58:19 when sophomores Alex Blandin and Justin Walton combined on a give-and-go sequence with Blandin scoring from 15-yards out at a right angle. It is Blandin’s fifth tally in the past four matches and his seventh of the season.
Only minutes earlier, Walton had nearly scored, but a cross that found him all alone several yards in front of an open net, hit off his foot and sailed high and over the crossbar.
Mohsen concluded the scoring in the 88th minute when he knocked in a rebound of his own shot that had been stopped by FMU freshman goalkeeper Nick Lucido.
Lucido, who entered the match ranked 79th nationally in saves per match, recorded a career-high 10 stops. Limestone freshman keeper Kyle Karagitz registered two saves.
Limestone outshot FMU 28-8 and held a 9-7 advantage in corner kicks.
Francis Marion plays its final road match of the regular season on Saturday at Georgia Southwestern State University at 3:30 p.m.
Limestone College (9-5-0) def. Francis Marion Univ. (3-10-1) 4-1
Date: Oct 19, 2011 Attendance: 93
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 77 degrees, Humid
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Limestone College... 1 3 - 4
Francis Marion Univ. 0 1 - 1
1-0. 38:35 LCMS Jack Bailey (9) (unassisted) - Collects loose ball in box, 6-yd shot to left of GK
2-0. 50:01 LCMS Jack Bailey (10) (James Burke) - Through ball deflected to wide open LC player, 10-yd shot
3-0. 53:06 LCMS Daniel Mohsen (2) (Jack Bailey;Bryce Ziada) - Through ball, cross, one-touch from 8 yards
3-1. 58:19 FMU Blandin, Alex (7) (Walton, Justin) - Give-and-go, angled from left side, 15-yd shot
4-1. 87:27 LCMS Daniel Mohsen (3) (unassisted) - Knocked in rebound of save, 2-yds
Shots: Limestone College 28, Francis Marion Univ. 8
Saves: Limestone College 2 (Kyle Karagitz 2), Francis Marion Univ. 11 (Lucido, Nick 10; TEAM 1)