SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team battled back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime, before its upset bid against No. 10 Swarthmore fell short in a hard-fought 3-2 loss on Sunday afternoon.
The Centennial Conference (CC) defeat dropped the Diplomats' record to 3-5-1, 0-3-1 CC while the Garnet improved to 9-2, 3-1 CC.
Two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the first half allowed Swarthmore to take the commanding 2-0 lead. However, F&M displayed its resiliency when Reanna Leoni cut into the Garnet's momentum before the halftime break with a 37th-minute score to make it a one-goal game.
Leoni got the Diplomats on the scoreboard with a shot from the top of the box that was finished into the top-right corner of the net. In the second half, the Diplomats' senior forward picked up right where she left off before the break with the equalizer in the 46th minute. Leoni scored unassisted on the play by firing a shot over the Swarthmore goalkeeper to the back post.
F&M held off a barrage of shots in the final half, including a Gabby Panayotakis stop with just three seconds left on the clock to send the contest into overtime.
The Garnet were rewarded for a five-shot performance in the extra stanza with a 95th-minute, game-winning tally when Katie Dougherty scored off a Swarthmore corner kick.
Panayotakis (3-5-1) was stellar in net, registering 15 saves in 95:04 minutes of action. Amy Shmoys (9-2) picked up the win with one save.
Shots favored the Garnet by a 53-8 margin, as well as corners at 11-0. Leoni led F&M's offensive effort with four shots.
The Diplomats return to competition on Wednesday, hosting McDaniel for a 7:00 p.m. game.