Men’s Soccer Set to Battle for the Boot

Men’s Soccer Set to Battle for the Boot
Game 5
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2014
F&M at Elizabethtown | Elizabethtown, Pa. | 7:00 PM
Series Record: ETOWN leads 24-8-4
Streak: T1
Last F&M Victory: 2-1, Sept. 12, 2012
Last ETOWN Victory: 1-0, Oct. 7, 2009
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Series History: F&M travels to take on Elizabethtown Saturday in the battle for the Smith-Herr Boot. The Blue Jays hold the edge in the all-time series but have not beaten the Diplomats since 2009, with F&M taking wins in four of the last six meetings. Last time they met, neither team could light the scoreboard as the contest resulted in a 0-0 2OT tie on Sept. 13 of last season. 

Smith-Herr Boot Game: The annual "Battle of the Boot" began in 1977 and has been played each year since – aside from a rainout in 2010. The Smith-Herr Bronze Boot is a soccer shoe originally worn by Al Hershey, who was a two-time All-American at Elizabethtown before later coaching the Blue Jays and F&M. The boot is named for Robert Smith, who coached F&M from 1947 to 1963, and Ira R. Herr, who coached Elizabethtown from 1938 to 1948 and 1958 to 1960.

Last Week: The Diplomats continued their torrid start to the season, shutting out Lebanon Valley by a 4-0 score on Saturday, before blanking Wesley 3-0 on Sunday to take first at the F&M/LVC Tournament and improve to 4-0 on the year.

Against the Dutchmen, the Diplomats received goals from Jared Bomba (22nd minute), Chase TenBrook (34th minute), Janse Schermerhorn (50th minute) and Ben Wild (74th minute).  F&M dominated on shots at 29-5, while also leading on corners at 7-6.  Bomba led the way in shots with seven, followed by Sam Lane with four. 

 

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On Sunday, F&M's defense picked up right where it left off, allowing only three shots against Wesley. Wild (33rd minute) and Bomba (60th) notched their second tallies in as many days, while Draheim (81st) registered his first-career goal to wrap up the scoring. Trevor Britton (4-0) was once again stellar in net, stopping one shot on the afternoon to pick up his third shutout of the year. 

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In the Rankings: F&M remained at No. 7 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men's Poll and are the only CC institution in the rankings. 

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The Diplomats emerged at the No. 2 ranking in the first D3Soccer.com Top-25 Poll of the 2014 season. F&M received a pair of first-place votes and trail only Messiah at the No. 1 spot. 

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Record Book Watch: With five game-winning goals in his career, Bomba places in a tie for fourth on the program's all-time list, just one away from moving into a tie for third. Men's soccer's all-time leader is Ben Beaver '13, who netted 20 game-winners in his storied career. 

Lane has recorded 15 assists so far in his career, a mark that places him tied for eighth all-time. The senior forward needs only three more helpers to move into the top five. Brandon Corday '07 occupies the top spot on the list, notching 25 assists while in Lancaster. 

Strong Starters: Through 360 minutes of action in their first four contests to open the 2014 campaign the Diplomats have not allowed an opponent to register a goal. F&M is one of only 14 teams in the country that have yet to surrender a score. Last season, the Diplomats began the year with eight consecutive shutouts, a mark that led the nation.