WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sophomore Ben Beaver notched two goals, including what would prove to be the game-winner just after halftime, to carry No. 25 Franklin & Marshall past Lycoming in non-conference men's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats improve to 3-1-1 with the victory, while the Warriors fall to 4-2.
F&M opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Junior Alex Grassi took a short feed from senior Eric Elicker off a corner kick and Grassi's strike towards goal found the netting for a 1-0 Diplomat advantage.
The Diplomats remained ahead by a one-goal margin until just after the halftime break, when Beaver tallied an unassisted score to push the F&M lead to 2-0.
Lycoming answered back in the 59th minute to pull within one of the Diplomats. Junior Matt Snively took advantage of an F&M turnover in its own defensive half and fired a long-range shot from about 35 yards out into the upper-right corner to make the count 2-1.
Just over 10 minutes later, Beaver struck once more to again push the Diplomats out to a two-goal lead. Elicker recorded his second assist on the afternoon as he fed a streaking Beaver, who capitalized on the fast break opportunity with a shot that slid past Warrior junior goalkeeper James Quinn into lower left corner.
Junior Zach Fernberger (3-1-1) played the entire 90 minutes between the pipes for F&M to pick up the win, while Quinn (4-2) allowed three goals on five saves in the loss. Freshman Connor Keenan took over for Quinn for the final 11:38 of the contest, surrendering one goal.
F&M returns to the pitch on Saturday, September 17 at Swarthmore, the defending Centennial Conference champions, in the CC opener for both squads. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 pm in Swarthmore, Pa.
#25 Franklin & Marshall (3-1-1) vs. Lycoming (4-2)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Franklin & Marshall. 1 3 - 4
Lycoming............ 0 1 - 1
1. 19:48 F&M Alex Grassi (Eric Elicker) - Straight in off the corner kick.
2. 47:59 F&M Ben Beaver (unassisted)
3. 58:55 LYCOM Matt Snively (2) (unassisted) - Off turnover, fired in from 35 yards into upper right corner
4. 70:42 F&M Ben Beaver (Eric Elicker) - fast break goal into lower left corner.
5. 80:56 F&M Derek Pawlush (Preston Kilgore)
Shots: Franklin & Marshall 24, Lycoming 7
Saves: Franklin & Marshall 0 (), Lycoming 5 (James Quinn 5)