ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - The Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team defeated Elizabethtown 2-0 to keep possession of the Smith-Herr Bronze Boot marking the first time in since 1980-1981 that the Diplomats (5-4-2) consecutively held onto the trophy.
F&M scored in each half to register to defeat the Blue Jays (3-6-2) by a two-goal margin for the first time since the 1984 season. Rodrigo Nogales and Rob Hassler netted a goal, while Zach Zamek posted his second straight shutout with four saves on the day.
Hassler headed the ball into the back of the net off a direct kick taken by Matt Melino in the 28th minute to put the Diplomats in front, 1-0.
F&M took a 2-0 lead with 19:13 left in the contest after Nogales chipped the ball over Jeff Mullen off a short pass from Eric Noto.
The Diplomats took 10 shots and seven corner kicks, while Elizabethtown fired off eight shots and two corners.
The bronze boot is a soccer shoe originally worn by Al Hershey, who was a two-time All-American at Elizabethtown. He later coached both for the Blue Jays and Franklin & Marshall. The boot is named for Robert Smith, who coached at F&M from 1947 to 1963, and for Ira R. Herr, who coached Elizabethtown from 1938 to 1948 and from 1958 to 1960. Established in 1978, the purpose of the trophy is "to memorialize the two men who did so much for soccer at their respective schools."
F&M returns to action on Saturday at McDaniel. Game time is 1 p.m.