Diplomats Dealt Narrow Defeat

Diplomats Dealt Narrow Defeat

Box Score 

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team came up short against Gettysburg off a tally in the final seconds, falling by a narrow 2-1 score on Wednesday afternoon in Lancaster.

The Centennial Conference (CC) result dropped the Diplomats to 4-7-1, 1-5-1 CC while the Bullets improved to 6-4-2, 4-2 CC.

F&M held Gettysburg off the scoreboard until the 37th-minute of the opening half. Charlotte Centiempo got the play started with a cross into the near side of the box that was volleyed off the head of Samantha Esposito, collected by Jules Myers and scorched into the bottom left of the net. 

Just eight minutes into the second half, the Diplomats answered with an impressive goal off a corner-kick opportunity. Meghan Byrne swung the ball into the center of the box that was played off the chest of Nicolette Runko and to the foot of Isabella Raspa, who spun around and landed a well-placed shot for the 1-1 tie.

F&M looked to be in control until a late Gettysburg strike broke the knotted score. Maddie Heaney worked around a Diplomat defender along the near endline and sent a rolling cross into the box that Shannon Brady fired into the back of the net with a left-footed strike.

Runko nearly tracked down a loose ball in the final seconds that made its way in front of the Bullets' goalkeeper, but the senior defender was unable to collect the opportunity in time. 

Overall, the shot count favored Gettysburg at 15-6, however, the Diplomats led by a 4-3 margin in the second half. Corners were even at 3-3. Runko led the charge with two shots. 

Goalkeeper Gabby Panayotakis (4-7-1) was charged with the hard-luck loss in net after recording eight saves in 90 minutes of action. 

F&M returns to the pitch on Saturday, traveling to Washington for a 2:00 p.m. contest.