COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Ben Beaver finished a pair of feeds from Jared Bomba to help the Frankln & Marshall men's soccer team return to its winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) play on Thursday night. The Diplomats improve to 7-2 (1-2 CC), while the Bears drop to 4-5 (1-2 CC).
The Bomba to Beaver connection was lethal for F&M as the duo put the host Bears in an early hole, combining for a pair of scores in the opening 24 minutes of play. Beaver's two goals pushes his team-leading total to seven on the year, while Bomba now has a tied for team-best three assists this fall.
F&M extended its advantage just before halftime on a tally in the 42nd minute. Beaver was again involved, this time on the other end of things as he fed Ryan O'Connell to give F&M a three-goal cushion heading into the break. The score was O'Connell's second of the year.
Ursinus got on the board in the 74th minute as Ryan Butler found the back of the net on an assist from Colin Kunkle.
Goalkeeper T.J. White totaled five stops in the win, while the Bears' Kieran Keyser notched seven saves in a losing effort.
The Diplomats are back in action on Saturday at Johns Hopkins. The CC showdown is set for 7:00 p.m. in Baltimore.
F&M (7-2, 1-2 CC) vs. Ursinus (4-5, 1-2 CC)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
F&M................. 3 0 - 3
Ursinus............. 0 1 - 1
1. 21:10 F&M Ben Beaver (6) (Jared Bomba)
2. 23:59 F&M Ben Beaver (7) (Jared Bomba) - Right side into left corner
3. 41:32 F&M Ryan O'Connell (2) (Ben Beaver)
4. 73:12 UC Ryan Butler (11) (Colin Kunkle)
Shots: F&M 21, Ursinus 15
Saves: F&M 5 (TJ White 5), Ursinus 7 (Kieran Keyser 7)