LANCASTER, Pa. - The Smith-Herr Boot was reclaimed by Franklin & Marshall's No. 13 men's soccer team on Wednesday with a 5-1 win over Elizabethtown on Tylus Field.
The Diplomats improved to a perfect 5-0 record with the rivalry game win, their best start since 2015, while the Blue Jays fell to 0-4-1.
Elizabethtown was the first side to get on the scoreboard, taking the 1-0 lead in the game's 11th minute when a short pass in the box led to a Cameron Sheva shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Consistent pressure in their offensive third eventually led to the Diplomats breaking through in the 37th minute. Steven Yakita tossed a long throw-in from the far side of the field that was headed into the back of the net by Connor Whitacre, his second score of the season.
The Diplomats carried that momentum in the second half and took their first lead of the game in the 48th minute. Max Geuder drew a foul on the far side of the 18-yard box, which led to a Ryan Fincher penalty kick chance. The senior midfielder made good on the scoring opportunity with a low chance on net that froze the Blue Jays' goalkeeper for the 2-1 edge.
F&M tacked on to its advantage in the 65th when Jim Connolly sent a long cross into the box from the far side of the field, locating Alex Lalovic for a sliding shot on net that made its way past the Elizabethtown goalkeeper for the 3-1 lead.
Dallen Moore picked up his first career tally in the 74th minute as F&M's offense continued to pile on the goals. The first-year defender collected a loose ball from outside of the box and sent in a low strike that found its way through the defense and into the bottom right corner of the net.
The Diplomats concluded the scoring with five minutes remaining when Magnus Parente used some impressive footwork to get around a group of Blue Jays' defenders and slide a short pass to Jack Brandt, who launched a shot on goal from 15 yards out for his first score of the year.
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso (3-0) recorded a pair of saves to earn the win while his counterpart Brian Gately (0-3-1) suffered the loss after surrendering all five goals in 86:07 of action.
Centennial play opens on Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Muhlenberg for a 7:00 p.m. contest.