HARTSVILLE, SC (Sept. 18, 2013) – The Francis Marion University men's soccer team remained unbeaten in the 2013 season after earning a 0-0 draw at Coker College Wednesday night.
FMU returns to the field Saturday, Sept. 21, as it travels to Greeneville, Tenn., for a non-conference matchup with Tusculum College. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
The Patriots (2-0-2) outshot the Cobras (1-1-2) 18-10, and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. FMU freshman goalkeeper Nick Stover made seven saves en route to his second career shutout. Coker goalkeeper Kyndle Cobb finished the match with six saves.
Both squads remained nearly even through the first half, with FMU holding a narrow 6-5 advantage in shots. One of the Patriots' best scoring chances in the first half came off the foot of junior midfielder Benjamin Kwast in the 36th minute, but was saved by Cobb.
FMU opened the second half with shots in the first four minutes from Kwast and senior forward Cody Ferrier, but Cobb shut the door once again to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0. The Patriots' best chance to score in the second half came off a cross from freshman midfielder Shahin Hemat to Kwast inside the goal-box. Kwast launched a diving shot towards the bottom right corner of the goal, but was knocked away by Cobb.
In overtime, Coker nearly won the match in the first minute when the ball was shot in the top left corner of the goal over the diving Stover. However, offside was called on the Cobras, disallowing the goal. The Patriots would register two shots in the first overtime period from sophomore midfielder Joergen Tesdal and Hemat, but both shots were over the goal, not requiring a save from Cobb.
The Patriots held possession through most of the second overtime period but once again only had two shots on goal, neither requiring a Cobb save. The Patriot defense held strong in the overtime periods, and didn't allow a Coker shot on goal.
Francis Marion Univ. (2-0-2) ties Coker (1-1-2) Date: Sep 18, 2013 Attendance: 300 Weather: Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot --------------------------------------------- Francis Marion Univ. 0 0 0 0 - 0 Coker............... 0 0 0 0 - 0 SCORING SUMMARY: NONE Shots: Francis Marion Univ. 18, Coker 10 ; Saves: Francis Marion Univ. 7 (Nick Stover 7), Coker 6 (Kyndle Cobb 6)