F&M Falls to Widener
LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 OT decision again Widener on Tuesday evening in non-conference action at Tylus field. The Diplomats' record fell to 4-2-2 with the loss while the Pride remained unbeaten at 10-0-1.
After the end of two scoreless periods of action, F&M's stellar defense through the first 90 minutes of play broke down just minutes into overtime when Widener's Jenna Pedrick sent a cross from the right side of the field to a cutting Karen Thomas in the box for the game-winning goal.
Prior to the overtime period, the Diplomats' defense had only allowed a single shot on net, an opportunity from Widener that was easily corralled by F&M goalkeeper Amanda McGowan in the 86th minute.
The Diplomats' offense was not without their chances, nearly scoring on a pair of close misses in the 17th minute of the opening half. Spencer Plante fired a shot from directly in front of the Pride keeper but caught the post.
Only seconds later, Nicole Rynecki had another good look in front of the net for F&M, but sent a shot off the crossbar and out of bounds.
Later in the second, the Diplomats had another golden opportunity to get on the board when Plante found open space in front of the net and launched a shot in the 54th minute that careened off the hands of the Pride goalkeeper before ricocheting off the crossbar and out of play.
F&M dominated in shots at 13-5, but were only able to place three of them on net. McGowan (4-2-2) was charged with the loss while Valarie Perretti (10-0-1) picked up the shutout after stopping all three shots she faced.
The Diplomats return to Centennial Conference (CC) action on Saturday to face off against Haverford at Tylus Field. Play is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.