LANCASTER, Pa. - A stringent defensive effort and timely scoring allowed Franklin & Marshall's No. 11 ranked men's soccer team to continue its early-season unbeaten streak with a clutch 2-0 shutout of Dickinson on Wednesday evening in Carlisle.
The rematch of last year's Centennial Conference (CC) Championship match resulted in the Diplomats improving to 8-0-1, 2-0-1 CC while the Red Devils dropped to 5-3-1, 2-1 CC.
F&M struck early and took a 1-0 lead in just the 12th minute when Connor Whitacre collected the rebound off an Ugo Okolie shot that careened off the crossbar and tallied his team-leading fourth score of the season.
Neither team managed to light the scoreboard through the remainder of the opening half as the Diplomats went into the break with a narrow 8-6 lead in shots and a dominant 8-2 edge in corners.
Dickinson's offense applied pressure late with a series of shots in the closing minutes, but the Diplomats' defense held tough and kept the Red Devils off of the board.
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso (5-0-1) registered his third shutout of 2018 with a four-save performance, while Dickinson's Frederick Meagher (4-2) suffered the loss despite an eight-save effort through 90 minutes.
Overall, the shot count favored the Diplomats at 18-12, including a 10-6 advantage in the second half. Corners were even at 9-9, with the Red Devils leading by a 7-1 margin after the halftime break.
F&M continues Centennial competition at home on Saturday with a 6:00 p.m. showdown with Swarthmore.