HAVERFORD, Pa. - A pair of first-half goals keyed a 2-0 Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinal win for No. 19 Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team over No. 11 Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Haverford College.
The Diplomats improved to 13-2-3 with the victory, while the Blue Jays fell to 13-4-1.
Saturday's win propelled the Diplomats into tomorrow's Championship match against host Haverford at 1:00 p.m. F&M is aiming for its second straight CC Crown and third overall. The Fords advanced after downing Dickinson by a 1-0 tally earlier in the day. These two program's last squared off in the CC Final back in 2016 with the Fords taking a narrow 2-1 win.
F&M got the scoring started in the 19th minute when Dallen Moore found Steven Yakita with a feed behind the Blue Jays' backline. Yakita lofted a shot over the head over the Hopkins' goalkeeper for the 1-0 edge.
The Diplomats' defense took over from there, limiting Hopkins to just four shots in the second half en route to the shutout win.
Goalkeeper Sebastian Jenkins improved to a perfect 7-0 on the year with his fifth shutout of the year after notching three saves on the day. Hopkins' Xander Lefevre (13-4-1) suffered the loss despite five saves in the game.