LANCASTER, Pa. – For the third straight season, the Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team earned a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16, advancing out of the second round with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Gordon on Sunday night in Lancaster.
The win propelled the Diplomats to 17-3 on the year, while the Fighting Scots season came to an end at 16-5. F&M moves on to play the nation's No. 1 team Calvin next Saturday. Game time and location are yet to be determined. Tufts will meet Kenyon in the other Sweet 16 matchup of the bracket.
Just three minutes ticked off the clock before the Diplomats managed to light the scoreboard. Jeremy Levine sent an impressive sliding cross on the right side over to Chase TenBrook who sent a strike into the lower right of the goal for his 12th of the season.
Several strong scoring chances came for F&M throughout the remainder of the half, including a Jason Tonelli deflection that smacked off the goalkeeper's chest in the 24th minute and a Janse Schermerhorn rocket that was stopped by Gordon in the 31st, to hold the score at 1-0 heading into the break.
In the 52nd minute of the second, the Diplomats went ahead 2-0 when a foul by Gordon led to a penalty kick opportunity for F&M. Levine lined up for the kick and landed his attempt to give the Diplomats some breathing room.
Just three minutes later, the Diplomats seized the momentum for good when a well-placed Dave Martin drop pass in the middle of the box provided some open space for Janse Schermerhorn, who notched his second of the season to make it a 3-0 game.
Gordon pulled within two in the 59th minute, however, F&M's defense held strong through the remainder of the half to claim the two goal-victory. The Diplomats showed their composure in a chippy second half that saw Gordon charged with two yellow cards and a red card in the frame.
Trevor Britton (17-3) secured the win with one save on the evening, while Josh Spoonhour (16-5) took the loss despite seven saves. The shot count favored F&M by a staggering 27-8 margin, including a 17-3 edge in the second half. TenBrook led the way with seven, followed by five from Tonelli and four from Schermerhorn.
Check back with GoDiplomats.com tomorrow for the latest information regarding next weekend's Sweet 16 matchup.