LANCASTER, Pa. - Ben Beaver notched a pair of first-half goals to lead the Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over visiting Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Tuesday afternoon at Tylus Field. The Diplomats move to 5-2-1 (2-1 CC) with the win, while the Bears drop to 2-7 (1-2 CC).
The Diplomats took control of the contest early on as they earned seven of their 10 corner kicks in the opening 25 minutes of play. Despite several quality looks at net, including a close-range header by Chris Scott off an Alex Grassi corner, F&M was unable to capitalize in the early-going.
Beaver would change that, however, in the 27th minute as he notched the first of his two scores to give F&M a 1-0 edge. After a Bears turnover in the F&M defensive zone, Mike Irving controlled the ball and found Sam Lane near midfield. Lane then slipped a through-ball between two defenders to Beaver, who raced towards goal, took one touch and found the far-post netting.
In the 40th minute Beaver found paydirt again, this time on a setup from Ryan Macomber. Macomber stripped a Bear of possession on the left side and fed Beaver near the left edge of the six-yard box. Beaver's shot ricocheted off the far post and just crossed the goal-line to make it 2-0.
Beaver nearly made it 3-0 in the 63rd minute as he ran onto a misplayed header by the Ursinus defense that forced Bears goalkeeper Mike Alfieri to come out of the 18-yard box, but Beaver's lofted shot bounced just wide of the empty net and Ursinus remained within two.
The Bears created several re-start opportunities in the final 20 minutes of play, but goalkeeper Zach Fernberger and the F&M defense held strong to preserve the shutout.
Fernberger was largely unchallenged in the net for the Diplomats, totaling two saves to move to 4-1-1 on the year. Alfieri tallied two saves for the Bears in the loss.
F&M returns to the pitch for game two of its four-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 1 for a CC showdown with Johns Hopkins. Game time is set for 6:00 pm at Tylus Field.
Ursinus (2-7, 1-2 CC) vs. Franklin & Marshall (5-2-1, 2-1 CC)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Ursinus............. 0 0 - 0
Franklin & Marshall. 2 0 - 2
1. 26:53 F&M Ben Beaver (7) (Sam Lane) - through ball on right side shot to far post on ground
2. 39:19 F&M Ben Beaver (8) (Ryan Macomber) - finished rebound off right post
Shots: Ursinus 5, Franklin & Marshall 12
Saves: Ursinus 2 (Mike Alfieri 2), Franklin & Marshall 2 (Zach Fernberger 2)