WESTMINSTER, Md. - Franklin & Marshall scored three first half goals and never looked back in a 5-1 trouncing of host McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's soccer action on Saturday. The Diplomats improve to 9-3, 2-3 CC with the triumph, while the Green Terror fall to 4-7-1, 1-4 CC.
F&M bombarded the Green Terror early and often, first finding the back of the net in the 20th minute. Ben Beaver delivered the first of his two goals on the afternoon off a deflected shot to put F&M on top 1-0, before Chris Scott struck paydirt for the first time in 2012 several minutes later off a feed from Mike Irving.
With time winding down in the first half, Jared Bomba finished a penalty kick after a McDaniel handball in the box to give F&M a three-goal advantage heading into the break.
McDaniel pulled within 3-1 with a tally just three minutes after halftime, but F&M added two insurance goals in the final 15 minutes of play for the 5-1 margin of victory. Beaver gave the Diplomats a 4-1 lead with a penalty kick in the 76th minute, while Bomba notched his second goal of the day in the 87th minute on an assist by Vince Perry.
T.J. White turned away two McDaniel shots to earn the win, while the Green Terrors' Zach Nibbelink tallied four saves in the loss.
The Diplomats begin a four-game homestand on Wednesday asthey take on No. 15 Susquehanna in non-conference action. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Tylus Field.
F&M (9-3, 2-3 CC) vs. McDaniel (4-7-1, 1-4 CC)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
F&M................. 3 2 - 5
McDaniel............ 0 1 - 1
1. 19:01 F&M Ben Beaver (1) (unassisted) - #12 deflection off of kick
2. 27:13 F&M Chris Scott (1) (Mike Irving)
3. 44:17 F&M Jared Bomba Penalty kick - hand ball in box shot high middle
4. 48:01 MCD Mike McClain (3) (Max Rutherford) - cross over by 11, 21 shot in lower right corner
5. 75:35 F&M Ben Beaver Penalty kick - off of penalty shot
6. 86:13 F&M Jared Bomba (1) (Vince Perry) - 4 crossed it and 9 kicked it in
Shots: F&M 16, McDaniel 11
Saves: F&M 2 (TJ White 2), McDaniel 4 (Zach Nibbelink 4)