LANCASTER, Pa. – A Nicole Rynecki goal at the 28-minute mark was more than enough for a staunch Franklin & Marshall defense as the Diplomats' women's soccer team picked up their second shutout in a row, handing Alma a 1-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field.
With the victory, F&M (2-0) remains unbeaten on the season, while the Scots(0-2) have yet to pick up their first win.
The contest opened with limited scoring chances for both sides until Allyson Reid lobbed a long through pass that found the foot of Rynecki and then the back of the net to put the Diplomats up 1-0.
Neither team was able to provide much offense following the tally as F&M went into halftime with the one-goal advantage.
Alma came out firing to start off the second, registering a pair of scoring chances within five minutes of the closing half. However, Amanda McGowan continued her superb play between the pipes to keep the Scots off the board.
With just seconds remaining in regulation and the Diplomats clinging to their one-goal lead, Alma launched a corner kick in front of the net, but McGowan forced her way through traffic to pick the ball out of the air and seal her team's second shutout in a row.
The senior goalkeeper stopped five shots on the day and has now patrolled the net for 210 minutes without giving up a goal this season. The shutout is the 15th of her career, pulling her within one of tying the school's all-time mark.
Alma outshot F&M 10-8 and also held the edge on corners at 5-3. Rynecki recorded two shots on the game, with the first-half goal being her first of the season. Megan Rubenstein and Spencer Plante also picked up a pair of shots in the contest.
The Diplomats return to action next Sunday when F&M faces off against Roanoke at 1:00 p.m. in Lancaster.