LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall defeated DeSales 3-1 in a physical non-conference men's soccer contest on Tuesday night at Tylus Field. The Diplomats move to 8-3 with the victory, while the Bulldogs drop to 7-3-2.
F&M struck paydirt early on as Ben Beaver finished a perfect feed from Ryan O'Connell just under two minutes into the game. O'Connell advanced down the right flank and played a low cross in front of the goal mouth that rolled past the DeSales' defense and to the foot of Beaver, who touched it home for his team-leading eighth score of the year.
The Bulldogs responded shortly thereafter as Stevie Castellani collected a loose ball slightly past midfield, sped towards goal and found himself all alone with F&M goalkeeper T.J. White. Castellani slotted a right-footed shot into the near post to even things up at 1-1.
In the 17th minute the Diplomats had back-to-back close-range chances as Sam Lane and O'Connell both ripped low blasts towards net, but Bulldogs' goalkeeper Colin Sulpizio swallowed both chances up and the two sides eventually went into the intermission knotted at 1-1.
The 1-1 deadlock didn't last long in the second frame as Lane buried what would prove to be the game-winner in the 53rd minute. A shot from Beaver was stopped by Sulpizio, but the rebound rolled right to the foot of Lane inside the box, and the sophomore ripped a liner into the net for a 2-1 F&M lead.
Jacob Miller added an insurance goal for the Diplomats in the closing minutes for his first tally of the season. O'Connell launched a long throw-in deep into the box, where Chase TenBrook was posting up his defender close to the endline. TenBrook then skimmed a header that landed right to Miller, who tapped it in for the final 3-1 margin of victory.
White tallied one stop to earn the win in net for the Diplomats, while Sulpizio notched six saves in the loss.
F&M returns to Centennial Conference action on Saturday at McDaniel. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.
DeSales (7-3-2) vs. F&M (8-3)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
DeSales............. 1 0 - 1
F&M................. 1 2 - 3
1. 1:45 F&M Ben Beaver (8) (Ryan O'Connell) - cross in front of net to cutting #8
2. 8:13 DSUMS Stevie Castellani (2) (unassisted) - breakaway right side
3. 52:16 F&M Sam Lane (4) (Ben Beaver) - liner to mid post off rebound
4. 87:39 F&M Jacob Miller (1) (Chase TenBrook) - tapped in off skimed header
Shots: DeSales 11, F&M 18
Saves: DeSales 6 (Colin Sulpizio 6), F&M 1 (TJ White 1)