Diplomats Draw with No. 25 Blue Jays

Diplomats Draw with No. 25 Blue Jays

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team battled No. 25 Johns Hopkins to a 1-1 2OT tie on Saturday evening in Lancaster. 

The Centennial Conference (CC) draw moved the Diplomats' record to 6-5-2, 4-1-1 CC while the Blue Jays now sit at 11-1-2, 4-0-2 CC. 

Each team traded strong scoring chances and near misses in the opening half. F&M's best chance came with 14 minutes remaining when Jim Connolly sent a long through ball to the far post that reached the foot of Jason Tonelli but just wide of the net.

Tonelli made good on his second opportunity in the 33rd minute. Ben Draheim lofted a shot from the near end line that a Johns Hopkins' defender failed to corral, bouncing off his chest and to a waiting Tonelli who finished to the top right for the 1-0 edge.

The second half started with the Diplomats in full control of possession throughout the opening 20 minutes of competition, however, Johns Hopkins capitalized on one of its few opportunities of the frame with a 65th-minute marker that knotted the contest at 1-1.

Hopkins put on the pressure with three minutes to go in regulation when a Blue Jays corner was sent into the center of the box. Johns Hopkins placed a header on net but goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso was there for the point-blank save.

In the first overtime stanza, a Johns Hopkins foul just outside the box led to a Jim Connolly set piece. The attempt was turned back by the Blue Jays' wall and made its way out to Tonelli, whose shot on net was collected by Hopkins' goalkeeper. 

Less than a minute later, the Blue Jays broke free in the Diplomats' defensive third and had a great look on net but Amoruso sprawled out for the game-preserving stop. 

Neither team managed to produce a quality scoring chance in the second overtime en route to the 1-1 draw.

Overall, shots favored the Blue Jays at 18-14 while corners were even at 8-8. Tonelli led the charge with six shots followed by Draheim, Connolly and Stephen Sherbahn with two each.

Amoruso (3-1-1) stopped six shots while Johns Hopkins' Bryan See (11-1-2) recorded three saves.

F&M returns to the pitch on Wednesday, traveling to Gettysburg for a 7:00 p.m. contest.