LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's defense turned in a dominant effort on Saturday afternoon, holding Ursinus to just one shot on goal in a 2-0 shutout at Tylus Field.
The Centennial Conference (CC) win improved the No. 5-ranked Diplomats to 9-1-2, 3-0-2 CC on the year while the Bears fell to 0-9-2, 0-5 CC.
F&M needed just 13 minutes of action to get its first goal on the board. Ugo Okolie kick started the play with a shot pass to the top of the box that was slammed into the right side of the net by A.J. Kopacz for the 1-0 Diplomat edge.
Heading into the halftime break, F&M led in shots by a commanding 12-2 margin, as well as corners at 6-1.
Kopacz struck again in the 64thwith his second of the game and his team-leading fifth of the year, when Steven Yakita collected the ball along the endline and found Kopacz far post for the 2-0 lead.
The overall shot count belonged to the Diplomats at 21-9. Corners were also in F&M's favor at 8-1. Kopacz paced the offense with six shots, including four on goal. Alex Lalovic, Jack Brandt and Okolie followed with three each.
Christopher Amoruso (6-1-2) earned his fourth shutout of the season with a one-save performance in net. Ursinus' Brandon Lillian (0-8-2) suffered the loss despite recording seven saves on the day.
F&M returns to non-conference competition on Tuesday, traveling to Stevens for a 7:00 p.m. tilt.