LANCASTER, Pa. - First-year forward Haley Barge scored a pair of goals, however, Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team dropped a tough 5-2 Centennial Conference (CC) game against Dickinson on Wednesday evening in Lancaster.
The Diplomats fell to 1-6-1, 0-3 CC, while the Red Devils improved to 6-1-2, 2-0-1.
Dickinson got on the scoreboard in the 15th minute thanks to a cross into the box that led to an Ally Dietz shot into the bottom left corner of the net for the 1-0 edge.
That score held until the 39th minute when the Red Devils tacked on with a scrum in front of the net. F&M goalkeeper Caton Raffensperger made the initial stop on a header attempt from close range, but the Red Devils' Emma Moore managed to fight her way through a slew of players in front and trickle in a shot for the 2-0 lead.
Just three minutes later, Dickinson concluded its first-half scoring spree with a long cross to the far post that was hit in by Jessica Kiefer.
Following the opening 45 minutes of action, the Red Devils led in shots at 10-0 while F&M held a 1-0 advantage on corner opportunities.
The Diplomats got off to a strong start in the second half, cutting into the deficit with their first goal of the game in the 51st minute. Kirsten Heine forced a turnover in F&M's offensive third and played a ball to Barge at the top of the box. Barge fired off shot into the bottom right corner for her first career goal, making the score 3-1.
A lengthy weather delay followed due to a torrential rainstorm as well as lightening in the area, keeping the teams off the field for nearly an hour. Five minutes after play resumed, Dickinson added to its lead at 4-1 with a long cross into the box that led to Diez's second score of the game - a rocket into the left side of the net.
Barge added her second goal of the game in the 76th minute with a well-placed header off a Sarah Marsan cross to make it a two-score game. However, the Red Devils once again added on with an 82nd-minute tally en route to the three-goal win.
The overall shot count belonged to the Red Devils at 26-7, while corners favored F&M at 3-2. Diana Graziano and Barge led the Diplomats with two shots each.
Raffensberger (0-1) was dealt the loss despite registering 10 saves on the day, while Red Devils' Mary Kate Brosnan (6-1-2) earned the win with one save in 90 minutes.
The Diplomats continue their homestand on Saturday, welcoming Swarthmore to Tylus Field for a 3:00 p.m. contest.