FLORENCE, SC - The seventh-ranked Francis Marion University men's soccer team will step outside of conference play on Wednesday night (Oct. 9) as the Patriots take on Barton College at 7 p.m. on Hartzler Field.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and FMU students are admitted free. The match will be streamed live online courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.
Despite dropping its Peach Belt Conference opener on the road last Saturday, the Patriots retained the seventh position in this week's United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Top 25 poll. It is the third consecutive week the squad has been ranked. The last time FMU was ranked higher was No.6 was in the 2001 pre-season poll. Francis Marion was ranked first, first, second, and third in the final four regular-season poll of the 2000 campaign.
The Patriots (5-1-1) are led by sophomore forward Alvaro Zamora who has three goals, followed by sophomores Nestor Nunez and Sidney Warden with two goals and an assist each. Junior goalkeeper Maximiliano Rocco has allowed only four goals for a 0.54 goals against averages and holds a .852 save percentage with four shutouts.
Barton (7-2-1) is led by David Breitenbach who has five goals on the season, while Ruben Mancio owns three goals and a team-high five assists. A pair of Bulldog goalkeepers has combined for a 1.46 goals against average with 40 saves in the ten matches.
Francis Marion leads the all-time series 12-7-2 and has outscored the Bulldogs 43-28, including a pair of 2-1 FMU victories over the past two seasons.
Following Wednesday's contest, the FMU men will return to conference play and host Flagler College on Saturday (Oct. 12) at 6 p.m. on Hartzler Field.
United Soccer Coaches Top 25 - NCAA DII Men
National Poll No. 5 – Oct. 8, 2019
Rank School Prev W-L-T
1 Azusa Pacific University 2 9-0-0
2 Maryville University of St. Louis 3 10-0-0
3 Calif. State Univ.-Los Angeles 5 7-0-0
4 Adelphi University 1 8-0-1
5 Florida Tech 11 7-0-0
6 Lake Erie College 9 10-0-0
7 Francis Marion University 7 5-1-1
8 Lynn University 17 6-0-1
9 Midwestern State University 13 8-1-0
10 University Of Charleston 20 7-2-0
11 Mercy College 8 8-1-1
12 Gannon University 4 7-1-0
13 Calif. St. Univ.-San Bernardino 18 5-1-1
14 University Of West Florida 6 7-1-0
15 Coker University NR 7-2-0
16 Texas A&M International Univ. 10 6-1-1
17 Bellarmine University 22 7-0-2
18 West Chester University 14 7-1-1
19 Wilmington University 15 8-1-1
20 Fort Hays State University 21 5-3-1
21 Lander University NR 5-1-1
22 West Texas A&M University 19 4-1-1
23 Simon Fraser University 24 5-1-0
24 Palm Beach Atlantic University 25 6-1-1
25 Rogers State University RV 6-2-1
Also receiving votes: Wingate University, Tiffin University,
Eastern New Mexico University, Northeastern State University,
Notre Dame College, California State University Chico, Post
University, Harding University, Auburn University Montgomery