LANCASTER, Pa. - Brian Homer-Gunther helped the Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team keep its Centennial Conference (CC) playoff hopes alive, scoring the game-winning goal with 26.4 seconds remaining in the contest to lead the Diplomats (8-5-3, 3-2-3 CC) over Ursinus 2-1 on a chilly Wednesday night.
Homer-Gunther gathered a cross from the right side by Colin McMillan and finished the ball from 10-yards out to help F&M keep the Bears (7-10, 2-5 CC) winless over the last 12 meetings between the teams and eliminate them from
Ursinus put the pressure on the Diplomats early with a goal from Abe Cabello in the 24th minute. Andrew Machalick found passed the ball from the right side and Cabello made a move to put him in a good scoring position for a 1-0 lead that would stand until halftime.
Giuseppe Bua knotted the game at 1-all with a header that slipped past Mike Alfieri off a high cross from McMillan at the 45:58 mark.
The Bears continued to drill shots at Zach Zamek with Cabello striking two that hit the crossbar and post, including one with 19:35 left in the second half.
With 2:25 left to play, Homer-Gunther had a chance to net the game winner but blasted his shot from the top of the key off the post. He redeemed himself with his second shot of the game, scoring his second goal of the season just in the nick of time and avoiding overtime for the second straight game.
F&M will play its last regular-season game on Saturday against Dickinson. Game time is 6 p.m.