Patriot Men’s Soccer signs midfield pair

Patriot Men’s Soccer signs midfield pair

Francis Marion University men's soccer head coach Luis Rincon has announced the signing of midfielders Sebastian "Seba" Garcia of Asunción, Paraguay, and Kimo Rolf Eckhard Lemke of Hamburg, Germany, to national letters of intent to attend FMU this fall and play for the Patriots.

Garcia, 6-2 and 176 pounds, comes to Francis Marion from the Catholic University of Asunción and will have three years of eligibility with the Patriots.  He is a product of Goethe High School.

"Seba is a defensive midfielder with good size," Rincon said. "I have seen him play live in Paraguay.  He will provide us with different options in the midfield while also being a good defender. He has experience playing with a very prestigious youth academy."

Lemke, 5-11 and 161 pounds, is a product of Walddörfer Gymnasium and he will enter FMU as a freshman.  He has most recently played with the Eimsbütteler TV Hamburg program, where he has appeared in 36 matches over the past three seasons.

"Even though he is young, Kimo has played at a very high youth level in the Bundesliga.  He is a very technical player, has good vision on the field, and will help us a lot in the midfield."

Rincon lost only two seniors off last season's 16-5-1 squad that won the Peach Belt Conference Tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II national tournament. Francis Marion finished the season ranked 22nd nationally.