LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team battled but was ultimately undone by an early second-half score, falling to Gettysburg by a hard-fought 1-0 tally on Wednesday evening.
The Centennial Conference (CC) matchup on Tylus dropped the Diplomats' record to 6-9-1, 1-6-1 CC while the Bullets improved to 8-6-1, 4-3-1 CC.
Neither team garnered an edge due to a lack of scoring opportunities from both sides in the opening frame. After the break, Gettysburg seized the momentum in the 57th minute when Samantha Esposito collected the ball in the far corner and sent a long cross to the center of the box.
Krissy Bradley got a piece of the ball in front of the net as the opportunity trickled in past F&M goalkeeper Nicole Savidge for the eventual game-winner.
With just seven minutes remaining, the Diplomats had a golden opportunity to even the score when a Mary Franco through ball found a cutting Lauren Kranis in the box. Kranis sent in a strong attempt on net, but Gettysburg's goalkeeper Kiera Loftus was there for an impressive diving stop to her right.
F&M continued to apply pressure through the closing minutes of the stanza but was unable to light the scoreboard.
Savidge (5-7-1) was dealt the loss in net despite recording eight saves. Her counterpart Kiera Loftus (8-6-1) earned the shutout win with four stops.
Overall, shots favored the visiting team by a 19-8 margin and a 10-4 edge in the second half. Corners were closer at 2-1 for the Bullets. Sarah Mischianti paced the offense with three shots, followed by Reanna Leoni with two.
The Diplomats close out their 2016 season on Saturday, welcoming Dickinson to Tylus Field for a 1:00 p.m. contest. The competition will serve as senior day for F&M's six-member class.