F&M Forced to Settle for Tie Against Elizabethtown

F&M Forced to Settle for Tie Against Elizabethtown

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team battled crosstown opponent Elizabethtown to a 1-1 2OT tie on Tuesday evening.

The non-conference road contest brought the Diplomats' overall record to 2-1-1 on the season while the Blue Jays also moved to 2-1-1.

F&M's offense came out firing with five shots in the opening 10 minutes of regulation. Pressure on the Elizabethtown defense eventually led to a costly Blue Jay foul and a penalty kick opportunity for the Diplomats in the 11th

Nicolette Runko lined up for the attempt and had her initial shot stopped by the Elizabethtown goalkeeper. The standout senior defender didn't give up on the play, following up her chance with a rebound attempt that found the back of the net for a 1-0 edge. 

The Diplomats remained out in front for only 11 minutes as the Blue Jays answered with a double-assisted tally in the 21st to knot the contest. 

Neither squad added on in the first half, as F&M entered the break with a dominant 11-2 advantage in shots and a slight 2-1 edge in corners.

In the second half, F&M's steady dose of shots on goal and a commanding hold on possession failed to lead to a deciding marker as both teams went into overtime with the deadlocked 1-1 score. 

One of the Diplomats' best opportunities in extra minutes came during the second overtime frame when a freekick just outside the 18-yard box was sent far post in the 102nd minute. Catie Kaseta controlled possession along the end line and fired a low shot on net, but was unable to get the ball past Elizabethtown's 'keeper. 

With two minutes to go, a final opportunity nearly led to the golden goal when a cross from the near sideline was headed in on net by Meg O'Callahan. However, her attempt missed just left of the post. 

Goalkeeper's Sara Ghorashi and Tara Hessenthaler split time in net with Ghorashi starting the opening 45 minutes and Hessenthaler finishing out a scoreless 65-minutes of play.

Shots heavily favored the Diplomats by a 20-9 margin while corners were even at 3-3.

O'Callahan led the offensive effort with five shots while seven F&M players added two each. 

The Diplomats return home for a 4:00 p.m. tilt with Goucher on Saturday at Tylus.