Diplomats Upended by Generals

Diplomats Upended by Generals

Box Score

LEXINGTON, Va. - Four second-half goals proved to be the difference in a 4-0 setback for Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team against Washington & Lee on Saturday afternoon in Lexington.

The Diplomats fell to 0-2-1 with the non-conference defeat, while the Generals improved to 1-1-1. 

Saturday's lopsided final score ended up being a tale of two halves as F&M kept W&L off the board through the entirety of the opening frame. However, the Generals finally broke through in the 54th minute off a penalty-kick goal that opened up the floodgates for W&L. 

Just five minutes ticked off the clock before the Generals lined up for a corner kick and made it a 2-0 game thanks to a header pass in the box that was tapped in by Laney Smith. W&L converted on another corner kick opportunity in the 77th to increase the lead to three, before finalizing the 4-0 score in the 80th minute. 

The overall shot count belonged to the Generals at 20-3, as well as corners at 12-0. Kirsten Heine, Sarah Laterza, and Sarah Marsan each recorded a shot for the Diplomats, while Megan Engeland led W&L with six. 

F&M goalkeeper Gabby Panayotakis (0-2-1) suffered the loss after recording a pair of saves in 80:27 of action. Tara Hessenthaler finished out the game in net, turning back the only shot she faced.

The Diplomats aim to get back on track tomorrow, wrapping up competition at the W&L Tournament with a 12:00 p.m. game against Bridgewater (Va.).