WASHINGTON, Md. – Stephen Sherbahn tallied a pair of scores as the Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team tied a season-high in goals in a 5-0 rout of Washington on Saturday evening.
The Diplomats improved to 8-5-2, 6-1-1 with the Centennial Conference (CC) road win while the Shoremen fell to 5-10, 2-6 CC.
With just one game remaining in the regular season, F&M is second in the Centennial standings and is a lock to make the five-team, playoff tournament. The Diplomats trail only Johns Hopkins in first with a 6-0-2 CC record.
Following a lopsided 20 minutes of action to open the first half, F&M finally got on the scoreboard when a costly Washington foul led to a Zach Colton penalty kick goal for the 1-0 Diplomat lead. Just seven minutes came off the 'board until the Diplomats added to their advantage. Ryan Fincher threaded a cross along the end line to a waiting Sherbahn, who sent a header past the Shoremen goalkeeper for the 2-0 lead.
That score held until the waning seconds of the first half. With just two ticks remaining until the break, J.T. Mogan collected a loose ball in front and directed a low shot into the bottom left of the goal. The goal was the first of the freshman midfielder's career.
After the break, Sherbahn added his second of the game and fourth of the year in the 73rd after capitalizing on a Ben Draheim feed for the 4-0 lead. Connor Whitacre rounded out the scoring in the 77th, finishing off a Jim Connolly corner with a header into the net for the five-goal advantage.
Shots were dominated by F&M at 24-4, while corners also favored the Diplomats at 6-3. Sherbahn led the offense with five shots, including four on goal, while Jason Tonelli and Connolly followed with three shots each.
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso (5-1-1) recorded a pair of saves to earn the win while Gavin Campbell (3-3) was charged with the loss after turning back six attempts through 90 minutes.
F&M concludes the regular season next Saturday, welcoming McDaniel to Tylus Field for a 1:00 p.m. game.