LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team continued its successful play in non-conference action, blanking Alvernia by a 2-0 score on Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field.
The Diplomats earned their third straight non-conference victory and evened their record to 5-5 on the year while the Crusaders fell to 3-7.
F&M's march to five wins was the fastest for the program since the 2011 season when the Diplomats finished at 8-7-1.
Alvernia came out firing in the early minutes of the first and nearly tallied a goal just fives minutes in. Maria Petrongolo sent an attempt past goalkeeper Nicole Savidge to the far post, but Kyra Judge was there on the goal line to block the shot.
Two minutes after Judge denied a goal, she added one of her own when Alvernia's 'keeper stormed out of the net on a clear attempt but kicked it off Judge. The junior midfielder settled the ball and sent an uncontested shot into the lower-right of the goal for the 1-0 edge.
In the closing minutes of the opening stanza, a Crusaders' freekick on the right side was sent in on Savidge, who came out of the net and punched the ball away but fell in the process. Hailey Myers was there for the rebound attempt but missed just wide of the far post.
Forward Reanna Leoni took over in the second half, narrowly missing on a number of self-created opportunities, consistently working behind the Alvernia defense throughout the final 45 minutes.
She finally connected in the 85th minute to put away the contest for good, speeding past the Crusader defense in the middle of the field and sending in a strike to the top-left of the goal.
Savidge (4-3) earned the win and her fourth shutout of the season with a one-save effort, while Jessica Plunkett (3-7) suffered the loss despite six stops.
Shots belonged to the Diplomats at 17-8, including a 12-2 margin in the second frame. Leoni was impressive with six shots on the day, including three on goals. Isabella Raspa was next with a pair of attempts.
F&M returns to Centennial Conference (CC) action on Wednesday. Traveling to Johns Hopkins for a 7:00 p.m. game.