Game 11 Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 Franklin & Marshall vs. McDaniel | Lancaster, Pa. | 3:30 p.m. Series Record: F&M leads 45-30-3 Streak: F&M +7 Last F&M Victory: 5-1, Oct. 6, 2012 Last MC Victory: 3-1, Sept. 17, 2005 Live Stats | Video (HD)
Series History: Franklin & Marshall (7-1-1, 1-1 CC) will take on a pair of Centennial Conference (CC) foes at home this week. The Diplomats open the week on Wednesday against Ursinus (4-4-1, 1-0-1 CC), before facing off against McDaniel (6-1-2, 0-1-1) on Saturday.
The Diplomats carry significant winning streaks into both of this week's contests. F&M has won 15 straight against the Bears and lead the all-time series 54-17-6. The Diplomats will be looking for their eighth consecutive victory over the Green Terror and hold a 45-30-3 edge in the series.
Last Week: The Diplomats posted a 1-1 mark last week, with both contests ending in 1-0 scores. At home against Stevenson in non-conference action on Wednesday, Jared Bomba finished the rebound off a Chris Scott free kick in the closing seconds to propel the Diplomats to the dramatic win. To watch video highlights of F&M vs. Stevenson, click here.
On Saturday against Muhlenberg, the Mules tallied the first goal on F&M in the 2013 campaign, converting on a penalty kick just after halftime. The Diplomats dominated the rest of play and pressured the Mules defense down the stretch, but Muhlenberg successfully packed it in the box to preserve the win.
National Leaders: As a team, the Diplomats lead the nation in goals against average (0.11) and shutout percentage (0.89), while goalkeeper T.J. White tops the nation in goals against average (0.107) and save percentage (0.947).
Shutout Streak Snapped: After playing nearly 800 minutes of shutout soccer to begin the year, the Diplomats' impressive shutout streak finally came to an end on Saturday at Muhlenberg. Prior to Saturday's contest, the Diplomats were the only team in the nation to not have surrendered a goal in 2013.
Record Book Watch: With eight shutouts through the first nine games, goalkeeper T.J. White now has 15 career shutouts, placing him fourth on the all-time list. Zach Zamek '10 holds the career shutout mark with 25.
In the Rankings: The Diplomats fell from No. 14 to No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Rankings this week. In the D3soccer.com poll, the Diplomats slid three spots from No. 12 to No. 15.