McGowan Ties Shutout Mark; Diplomats Earn Draw

McGowan Ties Shutout Mark; Diplomats Earn Draw

LANCASTER, Pa. – Amanda McGowan recorded four saves to pick up the 16th shutout of her career, tying the school's all-time mark, as the Franklin & Marshall women's soccer team battled Roanoke to a 0-0 2OT tie on Sunday afternoon at Tylus Field. The Diplomats' record moves to 2-0-1 with the decision, while the Maroons now sit at 2-1-1.

F&M's first scoring chance of the game occurred in the 11th-minute of the first half as a long Allyson Reid cross from the left side of the field found the foot of Spencer Plante in the box. However, the opportunity missed just wide of the net to keep the contest scoreless.

In the second, the Diplomats' defense continued to limit Roanoke's chances, allowing only two shots on goal for the frame. With 6:17 remaining in the game, Alexa Yarish found open space in front of the net and fired a shot to the upper-right post but the Maroons' goalkeeper, Carolyn Sarbacher, was there for the save.

Only 40 seconds into the first overtime, Roanoke had a golden opportunity to end the game with a free kick from the left side of the field that found Ashley Barnes in the box. The scoring chance deflected off the midfielder's foot and missed just wide of the post.

In the second overtime, Stephanie Bartner lined up for a freekick with 4:18 to go and tried to catch the Maroons' goalkeeper off guard when the senior fielder fired a shot that narrowly missed the top-left corner of the net.

Plante had the Diplomats final scoring chance with 1:02 remaining when she took control of the ball in the top of the box and fired a shot that was handled by Sarbacher.

F&M outshot Roanoke 11-9 on the day, while holding a 4-1 advantage in extra minutes. McGowan (2-0-1) recorded four saves for her third-consecutive shutout to open the season.

The senior goalkeeper has now amassed 16 shutouts in her storied career, tying Erin Ross (2005-08) on the school's all-time list.

Yarish tallied three of the Diplomats' shots on goal in the game, followed by Plante, Megan Rubenstein and Sarah Armato with one apiece.

F&M returns to the field on Tuesday when the Diplomats take to the road for the first time in 2013 with a matchup against Elizabethtown at 7:00 p.m.