LANCASTER, Pa. – Meg O'Callahan's 96th-minute tally lifted Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team to a crucial 1-0 OT win over Gettysburg on Wednesday afternoon in Lancaster.
The Centennial Conference (CC) victory moved the Diplomats to 7-5-1, 3-4 CC on the year, while the Bullets, who received votes in the latest D3soccer.com top-25 poll, fell to 9-2, 4-2 CC.
Just two minutes into the overtime stanza, F&M hit paydirt when Izzy Hunter's cross from the near sideline hit off a Gettysburg defender and found the right foot of O'Callahan. The first-year midfielder made good on the golden opportunity by placing a high shot into the back of the net for the game-winner.
The win keeps the Diplomats' CC Playoff hopes alive as F&M moved into a three-way tie for fifth in the standings with Swarthmore and Johns Hopkins.
Heavy rains made for limited scoring chances in the opening half. F&M's best opportunity came four minutes into the game. Nicolette Runko ran down a long through ball on the left side and sent a cross into the center of the box that was deflected just wide of the right post by Emily Cleary.
The Diplomats' defense was dominant in the first period, surrendering just one shot and no attempts on goal. F&M led the shot count at 4-1 following the opening 45 minutes of play.
In the second, goalkeeper Sara Ghorashi came up with a huge stop by shutting down a wide-open look for Gettysburg in the 58th. A Bullets' counterstrike from 20 yards out looked destined for the back of the net but Ghorashi stormed off her line and turned back the attempt.
With eight minutes remaining in regulation, a Meg O'Callahan freekick from 30 yards out, nearly found a sprinting Diplomat attacker in the 18-yard box but sailed just wide of the far post.
Overall for the game, the shot count heavily favored F&M at 9-2 while corners narrowly belonged to Gettysburg at 4-3.
Ghorashi (5-5) earned the shutout win after totaling one save, while the Bullet's Maddie Cunningham (8-2) took the loss after a four-save effort.
F&M returns to the field on Saturday, traveling to Washington for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.