F&M Battles Hopkins to Draw

BALTIMORE, Md. – No. 23 Franklin & Marshall and Johns Hopkins netted goals less than three minutes apart in the second, but neither team could find the net the remainder of the contest as the Diplomats and Blue Jays battled to a 1-1 draw.  F&M moves to 9-2-2 and 2-2-1 in Centennial Conference (CC) action while the Blue Jays go to 5-6-2, 2-2-1 CC on the year. 

The first half proved to be a defensive battle with only five combined shots between the two squads, but the teams changed the tone in the second stanza with 18 shots. 

Hopkins got on the board first in the 81st minute when David Adejunmobi found Samy Ramadane on the right flank. Ramadan worked through two defenders and found the far post to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 advantage. 

Less than three minutes later, F&M knotted the game at 1-1 off a free kick. Ryan O'Connell played the ball into the box from 25 yards out, resulting in a scramble in front of the net. Max Watson came away with the ball and shot at JHU's goalie Matt Paris, who initialized stop the shot, but the ball went back into play to Watson again and he made the most of the second opportunity when he slipped the ball through traffic for the score.  

The Blue Jays had a legitimate chance in the 105th minute when Adejunmobi got open in the middle of the field and shot to the corner, but T.J. White made a diving save and neither team was able to generate a serious threat the remainder of the contest.  

White had five saves for F&M with Paris stopping two shots for the Blue Jays. Hopkins held a slight advantage in both shots (12-11) and corners (7-6).

F&M returns to action next Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Haverford for a 2:00 p.m. contest.