HAVERFORD, Pa. – One-hundred and 10 minutes of scoreless play followed by penalty kicks, finally gave way to a decisive Ugo Okolie tally as the No. 8 Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team downed Johns Hopkins with a 0-0 (4-3 PK) win in Saturday afternoon's Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinal.
With the decision, the No. 2-seeded Diplomats (12-2-4) will take on No. 1 Haverford tomorrow in the CC Championship game at 1:00 p.m. F&M is seeking its first Conference Title since 2013 when the Diplomats downed Dickinson by a 2-1 2OT score.
Goalkeeper Dave Reingold was the star of the penalty kick round, recording three unbelievable diving stops to keep the Diplomats' hopes alive. Tied at 3-3, Hopkins looked to gain the advantage when Jonah Muniz lined up for a chance. The junior defender opted for the bottom right of the net, but Reingold sprawled out to turn back the opportunity.
Okolie followed with a chance to put away the game and made good on a shot to the right side of the net for the thrilling victory. Zach Colton, Jim Connolly and Ryan Fincher also scored goals in the PK round.
The Blue Jays held the edge in possession throughout the opening 90 minutes. With seconds to go in regulation, Hopkins put together an offensive onslaught with three shots in final moments, but the Diplomats managed to hold on and force overtime.
Scoring chances were limited for both sides in the first overtime stanza. Okolie had the Diplomats best look with a little more than a minute remaining, settling the ball just outside the box but sailing a shot just wide of the net.
Hopkins controlled the action in its offense third throughout the majority of the second overtime frame. F&M made a late push with a little more than a minute remaining but was unable to get any quality looks on net as the game progressed to penalty kicks.
Overall, shots favored the Blue Jays at 21-13, with a 14-6 margin in the second half. Reingold (12-2-4) recorded a career-high 15 saves in 110 minutes of action, while his counterpart Bryan See (12-3-3) collected five saves.
Jason Tonelli led the offense with six shots, followed by Okolie with four.
Tomorrow's CC Final with Haverford, who advanced after downing Washington by a 2-1 OT score earlier in the day, starts at 1:00 p.m. To watch live action of the game, click here.