LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 non-conference contest to Stevens on Tuesday evening at Tylus Field.
The Diplomats dropped to 4-5-1 while the Ducks improved to 6-4-1.
F&M established possession early with numerous corner kick chances in the early going of the first frame. In the fifth minute, Ryan Fincher swung a corner near post that was placed on net with a header by Wyatt Fabian but the shot sailed just high.
Less than a minute later, Jim Connolly nearly snuck a shot in from just outside the box, catching the Ducks' goalkeeper off guard and forcing a diving stop to the far post.
With 12 minutes remaining in the frame, goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso was called on to make a pair of back-to-back stops, going down to the turf to turn back a Stevens' breakaway, before doing the same on a rebound attempt.
Stevens struck early in the second half with a 47th minute tally. The Ducks' Jonas Melendez lofted a well-placed cross into the far side of the box that was sent into the back of the net by Daniel Aversano.
Jason Tonelli nearly recorded the equalizer in the 65th minute, working around a Stevens defender and collecting a rebound off an errant cross before sending a point-blank shot on net that was snagged by the Ducks' goalkeeper.
The scoring chances continued for the Diplomats' offense, who was in control throughout the remainder of the game. However, F&M was unable to get on the board en route to the one-goal defeat.
Amoruso (1-1) was charged with the loss in net after registering four saves in 90 minutes. Aaron Henry (6-3-1) garnered the win with a five-save performance.
Shot were dominated by the Diplomats at 21-10, including a 13-5 margin in the second half. Corners also favored F&M at 12-4 for the game. Tonelli led the charge with four shots, followed by Ben Draheim and Ryan Corr with three each.
F&M resumes Centennial Conference (CC) competition on Saturday, traveling to Ursinus for a noon start.