Bears Slip Past F&M in OT

Bears Slip Past F&M in OT

LANCASTER, Pa. - Ursinus notched a game-tying penalty kick late in regulation and found the back of the net midway through the first overtime to escape with a 2-1 victory over No. 18 Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC) men's soccer action on Wednesday night at Tylus Field.

Leading 1-0 with time winding down, F&M was handed a bit of misfortune as the visiting Bears were awarded a penalty kick on a handball in the box in the 83rd minute. Ryan Butler buried the attempt for the Bears to send the contest to overtime at 1-1.

Following Butler's score, the final seven minutes of regulation featured end-to-end action with both sides creating multiple dangerous opportunities, but neither squad was able to finish and the game headed into extra time.

In the 95th minute, Jared Kimelheim slipped a short pass from the left side into the center of the box to Ryan Molyneaux, who finished a shot to the far corner to give the Bears the come-from-behind victory.

The Diplomats controlled the majority of the possession throughout, outshooting Ursinus 16-13 while also holding a 10-4 edge in corner kicks. F&M consistently created high-quality scoring opportunities in front of net, but the Diplomats narrowly missed the goal on several chances, and Bears goalkeeper Ryan Murphy delivered saves in key moments to keep Ursinus within striking distance.

F&M took a 1-0 lead late in the first half off a beautiful corner kick combination between Sam Lane and Vince Perry. Lane curled a corner into the center of the box, where a streaking Perry came in from the left side and headed it home into the far post to put the Diplomats on top.

Goalkeeper T.J. White posted four saves in the defeat, while Murphy notched five for the Bears in the triumph.

The Diplomats return to CC action against McDaniel at home on Saturday. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. at Tylus Field.