YOUNG HARRIS, GA – Francis Marion University freshman Jonas Dovland knocked in his second goal of the season, but that second-half 1-0 lead would not stand up as the Patriots dropped a 3-1 decision to 13th-ranked Young Harris College 3-1 in Peach Belt Conference men's soccer action Saturday evening (Oct. 7).
Francis Marion falls to 6-4-0 overall and 1-3-0 in PBC action, while the Mountain Lions improve to 9-1-1 and 4-0-0.
The Patriots will travel to USC Aiken on Wednesday as they will compete against the Pacers at 7:30 p.m. The next home match will be Oct. 14 against Lenoir-Rhyne University with the kick off set for 7 p.m.
After a scoreless opening half, Dovland put the first score on the board after he collected the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and kicked it into the upper left corner of the goal at the 55:55 mark.
The Mountain Lions came back just seven minutes later with junior Mikie Rowe putting it into the back of the net off of a corner kick by fellow junior Alex Jacq, tying the score at one a piece.
Rowe then gathered a deflected shot by junior Carlos Gomez and put it past the Patriots' freshman goalkeeper Raul Guillamon Bejar giving YHC a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute.
With just under 12 minutes remaining in the match, Dani Fischer gave the Mountain Lions an insurance goal, going on to beat FMU 3-1.
Young Harris led the Patriots in both shots (21-5) and corner kicks (7-1).
Bejar saved seven shots while Young Harris's sophomore goalkeeper Alex Iglesias had three.
#13 Young Harris College (9-1-1 ; 4-0-0 PBC) def. Francis Marion Univ. (6-4-0 ; 1-3-0 PBC)
Date: Oct 07, 2017 Attendance: 323
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Francis Marion Univ. 0 1 - 1
Young Harris College 0 3 - 3
0-1. 55:55 FMU Jonas Dovland (2) (unassisted) - ball bounces around, 16 collects at top of box, puts in left corner
1-1. 62:40 YHC Mikie Rowe (5) (Alex Jacq) - 15 serves in from right corner to 9 at far post, heads in
2-1. 70:35 YHC Mikie Rowe (6) (Carlos Gomez) - 9 knocks in rebound of 11 inital shot (both point blank range)
3-1. 78:04 YHC Dani Fischer (4) (Macauley King) - 3 corner from left side to 6 in box, 6 puts pull in right corner
Shots: Francis Marion Univ. 5, Young Harris College 21 ; Saves: Francis Marion Univ. 7 (Raul Guillamon Bejar 6; TEAM 1), Young Harris College 3 (Alex Iglesias 3)