2010 Men Soccer Preview

2010 Men Soccer Preview

2010 Schedule | Roster

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team is coming off a 9-6-3 season a year ago. The Diplomats made it back to Centennial Conference (CC) playoffs after a year break and have every intention on making noise in this year's tournament.  F&M has limitless potential with the 2010 squad comprised of a tremendous class of seniors, a solid sophomore and junior group and as many as four freshmen who could start as soon as tonight.

The key factor in a successful season is staying healthy. Injuries to key players over the last few have made it difficult for the Diplomats gel as a unit. Last season, four out of six losses were by one goal.

Matt Krantz and Giuseppe Bua will lead the offense again this year.  Krantz, a 2009 CC All-Conference Second Team selection, scored three goals and added three assists last year.  Bua knocked in a pair of game-winning goals in 2009, with three goals and three assist of his own.

Ed Stene, Charlie Welch and Zach Zamek will anchor the defensive unit.  Zamek started his fourth season between the pipes. He finished last season with a .89 goals against average and a save percentage of .822. Zamek is one shutout shy of the score record.  Stene and Welch return as starters for the second year in a row.

Looking to make an immediate impact are freshmen's Ben Beaver, Graeme Blackman, Ryan O'Connell and Preston Kilgore. Beaver is a high school All-American from Chicago and one of the most talked about freshmen in the conference.  Blackman, O'Connell and Kilgore were a pleasant surprise for the coaches this preseason will certainly see some playing time.

Thanks to your continued support of the Diplomats Athletic Club, the days of pay-per-view webcasts are over. Franklin & Marshall has partnered with Stretch Internet to bring you free, live video of all home soccer games this year. Franklin & Marshall has taken the concept one step further, taking advantage of Stretch's new GameCentral portal that finally puts live stats and live video on the same page.

F&M opens its season tonight at 7:00 pm against Fredonia State. They return to action on Friday versus Hobart at 6:00 p.m.