LANCASTER, Pa. – Jared Bomba's late second-overtime tally lifted the No. 8 Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team to a thrilling 1-0 victory against No. 21 Muhlenberg on Friday evening in Centennial Conference (CC) action.
The Diplomats continued their strong start to conference play, improving to 10-0-1, 4-0-0 CC on the year, while the Mules fell to 7-1-2, 2-1-1 CC.
With just under five minutes standing in between F&M and its second tie of the season, Janse Schermerhorn settled the ball at the top-center of the box and sent a short cross over to Bomba who fired the ball from the left side and into the back of the net.
The game-winner was Bomba's seventh of his career, placing him in sole possession of third place on the Diplomats' all-time list. The program record belongs to Ben Beaver '13, who netted 20 during his time in Lancaster.
In a meeting between the two schools who sit atop the CC standings, chances were limited in regulation as the contest proved to be a defensive battle throughout. With only 12 minutes remaining on the clock in regulation, a Muhlenberg penalty just outside the box led to the Diplomats best scoring chance on the game.
Levine took the free kick for F&M and opted for the top-right corner of the goal, but narrowly missed when his opportunity on net careened off the post. The Diplomats came out firing in the opening overtime period when Devon Malfitano sent a long cross to Schermerhorn in the opening minute of play, but the Mules' goalkeeper stormed out of net to break up the chance.
In the second overtime, an F&M yellow card awarded Muhlenberg a chance just outside the box, but the Mules shot sailed to the right of the net. The Diplomats followed with a charge down the field that resulted in Bomba's game-winning score.
F&M led in shots at 14-10 and dominated on corners by a 10-4 margin. Bomba was solid throughout, pacing the offense with six shots, while Jeremy Levine was next with two.
Trevor Britton (10-0-1) grabbed three saves for his seventh shutout of the season. The Mules' Danny Pinto (6-1-2) was dealt the loss but was stellar in net, picking up a pair of saves on the day.
The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M hosts DeSales for a 4:00 p.m. non-conference matchup at Tylus Field.