LANCASTER, Pa. – A second-half goal from Chris Scott broke a scoreless contest and delivered the No. 15 Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team a 1-0 shutout of Johnson & Wales on Saturday evening in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
The win propelled the Diplomats (16-1-2) into tomorrow's second round matchup against Rochester at Tylus Field, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
F&M goalkeeper Trevor Britton (16-1-2) was spectacular in net, stopping four shots and coming up with a number of key plays throughout the contest. With the shutout, his 12th of the season, and subsequent win, Britton set a pair of single-season program records.
In the 59th minute of the second half and with the contest scoreless, a Conor Pellas free kick slammed off the right post and back out in play to a waiting Scott, who hit the ball into the back of the net for the deciding tally.
The Diplomats controlled possession throughout the remainder of the frame and held off a late rally from the Wildcats' (15-6-1) offense to advance.
A free kick in the 19th minute of the first half from Jeremy Levine provided an early scoring chance for F&M. The ball sailed into the box and off the hands of Johnson & Wales keeper out to Sam Lane who launched a shot that was blocked by a Wildcats' defender.
With 15 minutes remaining in the opening stanza, Levine again lined up for a free kick, this time on the right side, and curled a ball that appeared to make its way past the Wildcats' keeper. However, the referees ruled the ball was still in play and after another immediate shot by the Diplomats on the rebound made its way in goal, the play was ruled dead due to an offside call.
F&M held the edge on shots at 11-8, but were outshot by a 7-2 margin in the second frame. Corner opportunities were scarce throughout, with each team generating only a pair of chances. Lane led the offense with three shots, followed by a pair from Chase TenBrook.
Ryan Dzierzawski (14-4-1) was dealt the loss for Johnson & Wales despite turning back two of the three shots he faced.
The Diplomats square off with Rochester tomorrow for the first time in program history. The Yellow Jackets took down Salisbury by a 4-0 score on Saturday night at Tylus Field. Live stats and hi-definition video for tomorrow's contest can be found at GoDiplomats.com/Live.