MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The University of Montevallo men's soccer team (11-3-4) took control of possession early in its Peach Belt Conference Tournament First Round match against Francis Marion University (4-13-1) and never looked back as the Falcons won 2-0 while dominating possession and out-shooting the Patriots 22-2. Sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway (York, England/All Saints) picked up his 10th shutout of the season without having to make a save.
Despite the dominance of possession the Falcons found goals hard to come by as they were held scoreless in the first half. UM out-shot the Patriots 7-1 in the first period but came away empty.
Just under 22 minutes into the second half the Falcons persistence paid off as freshman Giuliano Frano (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marcellinus) used a perfectly placed pass to put junior Shane Howard (County Carlow, Ireland/Old Dominion University) behind the FMU defense. Howard delivered with a strike off the post and past the FMU keeper to give UM a 1-0 lead.
Just 13 minutes later Frano again used a perfect pace to put classmate Alex Morton (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) behind the FMU defense. Morton dribbled the ball to the middle of the box and beat the keeper to give UM a 2-0 lead.
Frano had a tremendous game using his speed to beat defenders and his passing skills to free up teammates. He led the team with nine shots including four on goal. Howard and junior Mike Rinzema (Brampton, Ontario/Humber College) each had three shots with one on goal.
UM out-shot the Patriots 15-1 in the second half.
The Falcons will now travel to Evans, Georgia for the PBC Tournament Semifinals where they will battle No. 6 seed UNC Pembroke who upset the No. 3 seed Lander 2-1 on the road. The Braves gave the Falcons a tough match in their only meeting this season as both teams scored one goal in a double-overtime tie.