September 21, 2013

Diplomats Top Shoremen; Continue Shutout Streak

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Franklin & Marshall continued its string of shutouts with a 1-0 victory over Washington College in the Centennial Conference (CC) opener for both squads on Saturday afternoon.

With the shutout, the Diplomats (6-0-1, 1-0 CC) remain the only team in the nation to have not surrendered a goal in the 2013 season. The No. 1 ranked F&M defense has now played 658 minutes of scoreless soccer to begin the year.

After a defensive-minded start to the contest from both sides, F&M and the Shoremen (5-2, 0-1 CC) both put together several decent looks at net in the first half, but the two squads went into the halftime break scoreless.

In the second stanza, the Diplomats outshot the Shoremen 8-2, creating multiple dangerous chances in the box. The Washington defense held strong for much of the contest, but Ben Beaver came through in the 79th minute to propel F&M to the win.

After a misclearance by a Shoremen defender, Beaver pounced on a loose ball on the right side of the box and slipped a shot towards the far post for the game-winning goal. The score was Beaver's team-leading seventh of the year, and his fifth game-winner.

The Diplomat defense remained steady throughout the rest of play, keeping the Shoremen from developing any significant offensive chances. Beaver nearly made it 2-0 F&M in the closing seconds as his left-footed strike caromed off the post, but bounced clear of the danger.

Goalkeeper T.J. White posted one save to earn the victory and his seventh shutout of the season in net. Washington's David Myers turned away three shots in the defeat.

The Diplomats return to the pitch at home on Wednesday against Stevenson. The non-conference matchup is set for 7:00 p.m. at Tylus Field.