ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – St. Mary's (Md.) jumped out to a two-goal lead and held off a late Franklin & Marshall rally to secure a 2-1 victory in non-conference men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Seahawk Classic. The 25th-ranked Diplomats fall for the first time in 2011 and drop to 2-1, while the Seahawks improve to 3-0.
F&M held a considerable advantage in both shots (22-6) and corner kicks (10-4) over the Seahawks, but the Diplomats fell behind early and were unable to climb out of the hole.
Just over two minutes into the game, senior Mark Jaskolski found the netting for St. Mary's after a scrum in front of the goal and just like that the Diplomats trailed, 1-0.
St. Mary's would add on another tally in the 58th minute to stretch the advantage to 2-0. Senior Matt Grady converted on a penalty kick following an F&M foul in the box for his first score of the year.
Trailing by two with just over 30 minutes remaining, the Diplomats bombarded the Seahawks with 12 shots and six corners throughout the rest of the contest.
Sophomore Ben Beaver would finally get the Diplomats on the board in the 86th minute. Freshman Jared Bomba ripped a shot that was saved, but not corralled, by Seahawk sophomore goalkeeper Austin Brown and Beaver touched home the loose ball to pull F&M within one.
The Diplomats continued to keep the St. Mary's defense on its heels as the clock winded down and nearly evened the count in the 88th minute as a shot by senior Rob Hassler struck the crossbar, but the rally would come up short and the Seahawks escaped with the victory.
Junior Zach Fernberger tallied two saves and falls to 2-1 at goalkeeper for F&M, while Brown totaled 10 saves and is now 3-0.
F&M returns to the pitch on Sunday, September 11 against Salisbury for a matchup of two top-25 squads. The 25th-ranked Diplomats and the 21st-ranked Seagulls will square off at 1:00 pm.
Franklin & Marshall (2-1) vs. St. Mary's (Md.) (3-0)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Franklin & Marshall. 0 1 - 2
St. Mary's (Md.).......... 1 1 - 2
1. 2:27 SMC Mark Jaskolski (2) (unassisted) – scrum in front of goal
2. 57:20 Matt Gray (1) (unassisted)
3. 85:40 F&M Ben Beaver (3) (unassisted) – loose ball after save
Shots: St. Mary's 6, Franklin & Marshall 22
Saves: St. Mary's (Md.)10 (Austin Brown 10), Franklin & Marshall 2 (Zach Fernberger 2)