COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ursinus scored two first-half goals on the way to defeating Franklin & Marshall 3-0 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's soccer action on Saturday evening. The win dropped the Diplomats to 2-5-1 overall and 0-2 in conference play, while the Bears extended their winning streak to five and moved to 7-1 and 2-0 on the year.
Play in the early minutes saw F&M pressuring Ursinus offensively, winning two corner kicks in the 10th and 12th minutes. However, the Bears the struck first when following a Diplomat corner, an Ursinus counterattack put Erin Farrell into a one-on-one with F&M goalie Shannon Johnson-Finn. Farrell was able to get around Johnson-Finn and slot the ball into the empty net from the right side, giving Ursinus the lead in the 12th minute.
F&M continued to pressure, earning its third corner of the match following the goal from Ursinus. Again, it was the Bears that were able to make their opportunities count when a Kasey Sheahan pass was finished off by Jeannie Jasinski in the 21st minute.
Both teams would continue to create chances, with Ursinus 'keeper Courtney Sullivan producing a double save on Courtney Overacker and Isabella Raspa in the 43rd minute. At halftime the score remained 2-0, with Ursinus holding slight advantages in shots (7-4) and corners (4-3).
The second half saw fewer chances for both teams, with the score remaining 2-0 until late in the game. In the 87th minute, a corner kick for the Bears produced a Phoebe Shoap header that extended the score to its final count, 3-0.
Johnson-Finn notched three saves in her first start of the season.
Five different Diplomats attempted a shot, with all five efforts finding the target.
F&M returns to action next Saturday by traveling to Bryn Mawr for a 12:00 p.m. showdown with Owls.