After producing the program's highest win total since 2010 with a 7-9-1 overall record and a 2-6-1 mark in Centennial Conference (CC) play, Franklin & Marshall women's soccer displayed a remarkable growth from the previous year and proved to be a team on the rise.
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The Diplomats needed just two games into the regular season to produce the team's largest margin of victory since 2010 when F&M trounced Rosemont by a 5-0 tally on Sept. 3 behind a pair of goals from Kate Kerr '17.
With the lopsided defeat, the Diplomats kicked off a run of five wins in their opening 10 games to give the program a .500 record a month into the year, and its best start since 2011. The wins tailed off down the stretch but not due to a lack of effort, as F&M showed its grit after not falling by more than one goal in its final 11 games of the year.
The Diplomats' regular season ended on a high note as Kerr's first-half goal against Dickinson on Oct. 29 was all F&M needed in a 1-0 shutout of the Red Devils at home on Senior Day.
Several program records fell due to the program's historically great defense, which recorded a mere 0.80 goals against average, the best in single-season history. The team's eight shutouts were also a milestone, tying the single-season mark.
Seven of those shutouts belonged to senior goalkeeper Nicole Savidge '17, which were the second-most in a season, to go along with her 0.77 GAA, which was also second.
For their efforts on the field, dynamic forward Reanna Leoni '18, freshman forward Nicolette Runko '20 and senior captain Sarah Mischianti '17 all garnered All-CC Honorable Mention recognition. A fixture on the backline throughout her four years on campus, Mischianti tied the program record for games played in a career with 65 and placed third in games started with 63.