ANNVILLE, Pa. – A pair of late tallies broke a scoreless contest and delivered the No. 12 Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team a 2-0 shutout of Lebanon Valley on Tuesday afternoon to kick off the 2015 season. The win moved the Diplomats to 1-0 on the year and marked the 21st straight regular-season victory for F&M, dating back to Oct. 23, 2013. The Dutchmen fell to 0-1 with the loss.
The non-conference win also proved to be the 15th consecutive over LVC, with the Dutchmen's last victory in the series coming in 1989, and is the longest current win-streak against an opponent for the Diplomats.
F&M, who started three freshmen, dominated in shots by an 8-1 edge in the opening half, forcing the Dutchmen's goalkeeper to make five stops through the first 45 minutes. Despite the strong attack, the Diplomats were unable to find the back of the net and went into halftime with a 0-0 tie.
Scoring once again proved hard to come by for F&M heading out of the break, until sophomore forward, and reigning Centennial Conference (CC) Rookie of the Year, Janse Schermerhorn took a pass from Vince Perry from 15 yards out and scored on the right side of the goal for the 1-0 lead.
Trevor Britton (1-0) earned his 13th career shutout in net for F&M and secured his first win of the season. The Diplomats' defense looked impressive, not allowing a shot on goal through 90 minutes. Cam Avery (0-1) was dealt the loss for the Dutchmen despite picking up eight saves.
F&M outshot LVC by a 20-3 margin and led on corners at 7-5. Schermerhorn registered a team-high seven shots, with five finding their way on net. Conor Pellas added three shots, while Okolie tallied a pair.
Non-conference action continues on Friday when the Diplomats host an early-season tournament at Tylus Field, facing off against Arcadia at 7:00 p.m.