LANCASTER, PA – In a game with very few good scoring opportunities, the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats were able to cash in one of those rare chances as they knocked off the York College Spartans in a regional men's soccer match up on Saturday in Lancaster.
The Diplomats' 1-0 improves them to 2-0 on the season with wins over #2 Rutgers-Camden and #11 York. The Spartans fall to 0-1-1 after tying Virginia Wesleyan in York on Friday.
The Diplomats got the game-winner in the 64th minute as Chase TenBrook carried the ball down the left side of the pitch before feeding Sam Lane. Lane's shot caromed off Spartan keeper Charlie Johnson's (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) hands and into the goal.
The Spartans would push up furiously after the F&M goal but Diplomat goalie Trevor Britton would make enough saves to keep the Spartans out of the goal to earn the clean sheet win. York's best chance came with just over 13 minutes left in the game as Chris Gillespie (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) collected a ball in the box with a chance to go 1-v-1 against Britton. The Diplomat keeper took an aggressive approach and made a save on the dangerous Spartan chance. The Spartans would only manage two more shots over the remaining 12 minutes of play.
The first half offense was limited on both sides as the Diplomats held a 4-1 edge in shots in the first 45 minutes of play.
The Diplomats finished the game holding a 10-8 margin in total shots while both teams had three shots on goal. York had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks while both teams were whistled for one off sides call. The game was physical with 23 total fouls and a combined five yellow cards.
The two shutouts against the Spartans to open the season is the first time that a Mark Ludwig coached Spartan squad has failed to score to open the season. The last time a Spartan squad has been shutout in the first two games of the season goes all the way back to 1990 when they were held scoreless in their first four games of the year.
The Green and White will look to get back on track a week from today when they travel to North Carolina Wesleyan to face the Battling Bishops in a non-conference contest. Kick off is slated for 4:30 pm in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.