FREDERICK, Md. - Three first-half goals propelled Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team to its first win of the 2018 season, a 3-1 victory over Hood on Tuesday afternoon.
The non-conference road win moved the Diplomats' record to 1-4-1 on the year, while the Blazers fell to 2-5.
Sarah Marsan got the Diplomats on the board in the game's 11th minute with her first career tally, collecting her own rebound and finding the back of the net for the 1-0 edge.
Allison Klei made it a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute, taking a pass from Sabrina Graziano and slipping the ball past the Hood goalkeeper. F&M padded its advantage in the 33rd, when Ryan O'Rourke and Kirsten Heine teamed up for a double assist, eventually finding Sam Springer, who put home the 3-0 tally.
An early second-half F&M foul led to a Blazer penalty kick opportunity in the 47th minute as the Blazers' Erin Scarborough made good on the scoring chance to cut the deficit to two.
However, the Diplomats' defense held tough through the remainder of the second frame and didn't allow another shot on goal in the contest.
Diplomat goalkeeper Tara Hessenthaler (1-0) earned her first career win after registering three saves in 90 minutes. Hood's Lydia Erickson was dealt the loss, turning back four shots on the day.
The overall shot count narrowly favored F&M at 11-10, while the Blazers held a 7-1 lead in corners. Springer led the Diplomat offense with three shots, followed by Keli and Maran with two apiece.
F&M returns to Centennial Conference (CC) action on Saturday, traveling to Haverford for a 1:00 p.m. game.