F&M Closes Out 2018 with Tough Loss to No. 4 Hopkins

F&M Closes Out 2018 with Tough Loss to No. 4 Hopkins

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team wrapped up their 2018 campaign with a 5-0 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon in Lancaster.  

The Diplomats regular season came to a close with a 3-12-1, 1-9 CC mark while the Blue Jays head into next weekend's CC Tournament as the No. 1 seed with a 16-1, 10-0 CC record.

Before the start of Saturday's regular-season finale against Johns Hopkins, F&M honored its three-member senior class of Meghan Byrne, Sabrina Graziano, and Lauren Kranis.

The Diplomats fought hard from the onset of the first half, limiting Hopkins' scoring chances and garnered quality opportunities of their own. In the 18th minute, Nicolette Runko nearly gave F&M a 1-0 lead when she snuck behind the Blue Jays' backline and fired a long shot on net that careened off the goalkeeper's hands and off the post. 

However, Hopkins finally broke through in the 24th minute with a through pass across the 18-yard box that found a sliding Kayla Blair for the 1-0 Blue Jay advantage. That first tally opened up the floodgates for Hopkins, as the visiting team followed with markers in the 28th and 30th minutes to pull ahead at 3-0. The Blue Jays tacked on the final goal of the half in the 42nd minute to extend the deficit to four going into the break.

The Diplomats looked to get on the board in the 65th minute when Kirsten Heine chased down a pass to the keeper, forcing the ball away from the goalie's feet, but was unable to convert.

The Blue Jays notched the final goal of the game in the 85th minute to bring the final score to 5-0.

The overall shot count was led by Johns Hopkins at 26-4.  Byrne, Graziano, Runko, and Heine each recorded one shot.

Tara Hessenthaler (3-3) took the loss after turning away six shots.