Diplomats Handle Hood

Diplomats Handle Hood

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. – Reanna Leoni's 46th-minute tally broke a scoreless tie and handed the Franklin & Marshall women's soccer team a convincing 1-0 shutout of Hood on Sunday afternoon at Tylus Field. 

The Diplomats evened their record to 2-2 on the year while the Blazers' program-record start to the season hit a road block as Hood dropped to 3-1-1. 

To watch a video highlight of Leoni's goal, click here.

Early on in the first, F&M saw its first scoring chance with a ninth-minute corner from Meghan Byrne that hooked into the box and was sent on net with an Allison Klei header. The Blazers' goalkeeper was in position to turn back the attempt and keep the contest scoreless. 

Leoni forced a turnover inside Hood's 18-yard box in the 18th minute and worked around a defender to get an open look on net, but sailed a shot just high of the crossbar. 

The Diplomats dominated shots in the first stanza at 7-2, as well as corners at 3-0. 

Leoni broke through for F&M in the opening minute of the second half, going one-on-one with a defender out top and creating a clear view at the goal. The Diplomats' senior forward made good on the opportunity recording her third score of the year with a shot to the lower-left corner of the net.

Later in the half, Lauren Kranis looked to tack on for F&M, storming up the field with an uncontested dribble before firing a long-range shot to the far post that forced a diving save from the Hood 'keeper. 

The Diplomats' offense continued to control the pace of play and put pressure on Hood's defense with a flurry of shots late in the frame, cruising to the one-goal victory. 

Overall, shots belonged to F&M by a staggering 17-4 margin to go along with corners at 5-0. Leoni made her presence felt throughout the afternoon, leading the charge with five shots. Kyra Judge and Klei followed with two apiece. 

Goalkeeper Gabby Panayotakis (2-2) secured her second shutout of the season after recording three saves. Rachel Knobel (2-1) was charged with the loss despite a strong six-save effort. 

The Diplomats take to the road on Tuesday, traveling to Lancaster Bible for a 4:00 p.m. tilt.