ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall men's soccer gutted out a 0-0 2OT tie against Muhlenberg on Saturday evening in the Centennial Conference (CC) opener for both teams. The Diplomats moved to 5-0-1, 0-0-1 CC with the road decision, while the Mules now sit at 3-1-1, 0-0-1 CC.
F&M was outshot in regulation by a narrow 8-7 margin, but the Diplomats' offense put steady pressure on Muhlenberg in the second half. Corners belonged to F&M in the frame as the Diplomats' piled on the scoring opportunities with a 6-3 edge in the category.
Each team traded blows in the opening overtime period before the Diplomats had a golden opportunity with 30 seconds remaining in the frame.
A freekick from 40 yards out was sent into the box, eventually leading to a Steven Yakita shot attempt that was deflected high of the crossbar. F&M was awarded a corner kick in the waning seconds, but the Mules' goalkeeper stormed off his line and punched the ball clear of danger.
F&M began the second overtime as the aggressor on offense and controlled possession throughout the period. However, the Mules recorded the lone scoring chance of the frame with a shot that sailed to the right of the net in the game's closing seconds.
Overall, Muhlenberg held the slight 10-9 advantage in shots with the Diplomats controlling corners at 8-4. Yakita and Cole Niggeman led the way with three shots each. The game was physical throughout, but fouls were even at 22-22.
Christopher Amoruso (3-0-1) recorded his second shutout of the season by notching a pair of saves. Jordan Schreer (3-1-1) held F&M off the board with two saves as well.
The Diplomats stay on the road and return to non-conference competition on Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. game against William Paterson in Wayne, N.J.