LANCASTER, Pa. - Brian Homer-Gunther made his first goal of the season count, netting the game winner just 4:05 into the contest to lead the Franklin & Marshall past Susquehanna 1-0 in non-conference men's soccer action on Wednesday night.
Zack Zamek made six stops in the goal for the Diplomats (7-4-2), including a diving save to tip the ball over the crossbar off a header in the 29th minute to keep the Crusaders (9-4) off the board and record his third consecutive shutout.
Rob Hassler contributed to the offense once again, this time with the assist on the goal. Hassler chipped the ball over the Susquehanna defenders and Homer-Gunther hit a volley shot over Jed Lemon in the fifth minute to take a 1-0 lead.
F&M scored on its first shot of the day and the second shot came via penalty kick that was taken by Charlie Welch and bounced off the left post to keep it a one-goal game at the 13:13 mark of the first half.
The Crusaders never backed down, firing off nine shots with the last coming from Rhyan Nelson with 4:52 left in the game that was stopped by defender Matt Melino. Off a direct kick, Nelson took a shot from 15-yards out and Melino was able to make the stop standing at the right post.
Lemon made saves on the other two shots the Diplomats took his way, while Susquehanna held a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks.
F&M returns to action on Saturday against Swarthmore. Game time is 1 p.m.