Diplomats Drop Heartbreaker to Fords

Diplomats Drop Heartbreaker to Fords

Box Score

HAVERFORD, Pa.  – Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team was undone by a last-minute tally, falling to No. 23 Haverford in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss on Saturday afternoon.

The Centennial Conference (CC) defeat dropped the Diplomats to 3-4-1, 1-1 CC on the year while the Fords improved to 6-1-1, 1-1 CC.

Trailing by a 2-1 score with just under four minutes to go in regulation, F&M rallied to even the contest off a Ryan Corr goal. Ben Draheim set up the play with a well-placed cross that was finished off by Corr for the dramatic equalizer. 

However, F&M's resilient effort came up short when Haverford responded in the 90th minute with forward Nick Janelli's second goal of the game to retake the advantage.

The Diplomats managed to notch the first goal of the game in the 18th minute of the opening half, as leading scorer Jason Tonelli collected a Ryan Fincher free kick in the box, fought through a scrum in the middle and netted his opportunity for the 1-0 advantage.

Haverford answered just four minutes later, evening the game at 1-1 when Janelli located Ben Field behind the F&M backline. That score held until the 59th minute of the second half when Janelli struck again with a header off a William Edwards cross for the 2-1 Ford lead. 

Goalkeeper Sebastian Jenkins (3-3-1) was dealt the loss after recording one save. Haverford's Jeremy Astesano (6-1) earned the win after turning back both attempts on goal he faced. 

The Fords held a narrow 11-9 advantage in shots, however, the shot count was even at 5-5 in the second half. F&M held the 7-4 edge in corners. 

Stephen Sherbahn, Corr and Draheim each recorded two shots on the game for the Diplomats, while Janelli paced Haverford with four shots.

The Diplomats look to get back on track Wednesday when F&M hosts CC-rival Dickinson for a 7:00 p.m. tilt at Tylus Field.