LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall took down visiting Muhlenberg 2-0 in a crucial Centennial Conference (CC) showdown on Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. The Diplomats (10-4, 3-3 CC) move into fifth place in the CC standings with the win, while the Mules (8-4, 3-3 CC) now sit in sixth.
Scoring opportunities were few and far between in the first half as both sides attempted to settle into the game. With around four minutes left before halftime, Vince Perry had one of F&M's better chances as he rocketed a blast from the middle of the box that sailed just over the goal.
With two minutes to go before half, T.J. White preserved the shutout with a sprawled-out diving save to his left off a strike from Muhlenberg's Cody Antonini.
Beaver added an insurance goal for F&M in the 84th minute off a headed pass from Chase TenBrook. A short Muhlenberg clearance found the head of TenBrook, who knocked it forward to Beaver. The junior then buried a low shot on the ground into the side netting and the Diplomats walked away with the key 2-0 victory.
White secured his third shutout of the year in net for F&M, tallying three saves. Muhlenberg's Jas Chojnowski turned away two shots in the loss.
The Diplomats are back in action at home next Saturday against Washington College. The CC matchup is set for 6:00 p.m. at Tylus Field.
Muhlenberg (8-4, 3-3 CC) vs. F&M (10-4, 3-3 CC)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Muhlenberg.......... 0 0 - 0
F&M................. 0 2 - 2
1. 62:25 F&M Mike Irving (2) Penalty kick
2. 83:06 F&M Ben Beaver (11) (Chase TenBrook) - one on one with gk slid on ground to side netting
Shots: Muhlenberg 14, F&M 10
Saves: Muhlenberg 2 (Jas Chojnowski 2), F&M 3 (TJ White 3)