LANCASTER, Pa. – Jason Tonelli tallied a pair of goals, including the go-ahead score in the 88th minute, to deliver Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team a thrilling 2-1 win over rival Dickinson on Wednesday evening at Tylus Field.
The Centennial Conference (CC) decision improved the Diplomats' record to 4-4-1, 2-1 CC while the Red Devils fell to 5-3-1, 1-1-1 CC.
Tonelli got F&M on the board early with a third-minute tally in the opening half. Jim Connolly sent a long cross to the center of the box that Tonelli settled, before working his way around a Red Devil defender and sending a strike on net.
The 1-0 Diplomats' advantage held until the 31st when a Dickinson free kick opportunity from 25 yards out was placed into the upper-left corner of the goal by Matt Edmonds.
F&M went into the break with a 10-4 advantage in shots while the Red Devils held a 6-1 edge in corners.
With just five minutes left on the clock in the second half, Dickinson's Kevin Gilbert broke away down the near sideline and had a one-on-one with F&M goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso, who entered the game to start the second. Amoruso went down to the turf to make the stop and preserve the tie.
Tonelli put the Diplomats ahead for good in the 88th, gaining possession on the far side of the field and sending a shot to the far post that landed in the top-right of the goal.
Amoruso (1-0) earned his first-career win after recording three saves in 45 minutes of action. Dickinson's Frederick Meagher (1-2-1) was dealt the loss after picking up five saves.
The shot count favored F&M at 16-12 for the game while corners favored the Red Devils at 12-3.
Tonelli led the offense with five shots while five players were credited with two each.
The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 3, taking on Stevens at home for a 7:00 p.m. tilt.