Diplomats Defeat McDaniel
LANCASTER, Pa. – Jared Bomba buried a loose ball late in regulation to lift No. 18 Franklin & Marshall to a 2-1 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. The win snaps a two-game losing skid for the Diplomats (8-2-1, 2-2 CC), while the Green Terror (6-2-3, 0-2-2 CC) remain winless in CC play.
After a scoreless first half that featured neither side able to produce any dangerous looks at net, play opened up in the second stanza.
In the 55th minute, the Green Terror made the most of their second corner kick opportunity of the game, as Jesse Caples delivered the corner into the center of the box, where Raymond Boly let the ball bounce once before ripping a lining blast to the left side to give McDaniel a 1-0 edge.
F&M wasted little time registering the equalizer, finding the back of the net just over two minutes later. Max Watson sent a header over the top of the defense to a racing Ben Beaver, and Beaver took a few touches and blasted a strike towards net that was stopped by McDaniel goalkeeper Nibbelink. Nibbelink was unable to collect the ball, however, leaving Beaver in position to clean up the rebound with a low shot on the ground to the far post to knot things at 1-1.
Moments later, Beaver nearly gave F&M the lead as he got loose in the box, but his shot trickled just wide of goal.
The Diplomats continued to keep the McDaniel defense on its heels down the stretch, finally breaking through in the 82nd minute off the foot of Bomba. Derek Pawlush played Zach Fried down the left flank to set up the play, and Fried's cross deflected off a defender towards Pawlush's head. Pawlush then headed the ball into the center of the box towards goal, where a Green Terror defender was unable to connect on his clearance, allowing Bomba to pounce on the loose ball and bury his second game-winner of the year.
Goalkeeper T.J. White posted two saves in the win, while Nibbelink turned back four shots in the defeat.
F&M returns to action on Wednesday with a non-conference matchup at DeSales at 4:00 p.m.