Diplomats Move to No. 3 in Nation; Look to Remain Unbeaten

Diplomats Move to No. 3 in Nation; Look to Remain Unbeaten
Game 8          
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015      
F&M at Stevenson | Stevenson, Md. | 4:00 PM     
Series Record: F&M Leads 3-0        
Streak: F&M +3        
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, Sept. 3, 2014          
Last Stevenson Victory: N/A
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Game 9          
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015     
F&M at Washington | Chestertown, Md. | 7:00 PM Series Record: F&M Leads 25-8-7  
Streak: F&M +4        
Last F&M Victory: 3-0, Sept. 27, 2014       
Last WC Victory: 3-1, Sept. 28, 2002
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After completing a long six-game home stand, Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team takes to the road for the first time in more than three weeks with competitions against Stevenson on Tuesday, and Centennial Conference (CC) opponent Washington on Saturday.

Series History: The Diplomats are a perfect 3-0 all time against Stevenson, including a 3-1 win last year on Sept. 3. In that game, Chase TenBrook scored twice and goalkeeper Trevor Britton earned the victory in net with one save. 

F&M enters play against Washington with four consecutive wins against the Shoremen. The all-time series lead stands at 25-8-7 in favor of the Diplomats, including a 3-0 shutout on Sept. 27 of last season, which saw goals by Jeremy Levine (24th minute), Devon Malfitano (71st minute) and Paul McWhirter (84th minute). 

Last Week: F&M continued its impressive start to the 2015 season, remaining unbeaten at 7-0 with a 4-2 win against No. 22 Elizabethtown in the Smith-Herr Boot game on Wednesday and a 1-0 shutout of Swarthmore in the Diplomats' conference opener on Saturday. 

Against the Blue Jays, goals by Jason Tonelli (20th minute), TenBrook (31st and 59th minutes) and Ugo Okolie (51st minute) allowed F&M to retain the boot.  Trevor Britton earned the victory for the Diplomats with three saves through 90 minutes. 

To watch a video highlight of the win against Elizabethtown, click here.

On Saturday against the Garnet, Okolie's strike in the 67th minute broke a scoreless tie and handed F&M an exciting 1-0 shutout of Swarthmore. The Diplomats led in shots by a 9-5 margin in the game, as well as corners by a 6-3 mark. F&M controlled possession for just over 32 minutes, and completed 57 percent of their passes, compared to 53 percent from Swarthmore.

Britton (7-0) stopped the only shot he faced for his fourth shutout of the season. Okolie, Tonelli and Connor Finn paced the offense with two shots each, while Billy Evers led the Garnet with a pair of attempts on net.

To watch a video highlight of the win against Swarthmore, click here

In the Rankings: F&M moved up one spot to the No. 3 ranking in both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and D3soccer.com polls, behind only Tufts (No. 1)  and Kenyon (No. 2). The Diplomats are the highest-ranked team in their region and are the only CC Institution featured on either list. 

CC POTW: Okolie earned his first career CC Offensive Player of the Week honor on Monday after notching a pair of goals and an assist in a 2-0 week for No. 4 F&M. The freshman forward registered a goal and an against No. 22 Elizabethtown on Wednesday, before following with the game-winning tally in the 67th minute against Swarthmore on Saturday. 

Among the Leaders (NCAA): F&M's shutdown defense ranks among the best in the nation in several statistical categories, placing 23rd in goals against average (0.43) and 14th in shutout percentage (71 percent). Individually, Tonelli's three game-winning scores are the fourth most in the country.

Among the Leaders (CC): Several Diplomats find their names among the conference leaders, with Okolie leading the team and placing second in the CC with 11 points and third with four goals. 

TenBrook is tied for third with 10 points and is second with five goals. Janse Schermerhorn and Okolie have each recorded three assists on the year, tying for third in the CC. Britton stands in second with his 0.30 goals against average and third with a .833 save percentage.

Record Book Watch: Britton enters the week with 23 career wins, which places him fifth on the program's all-time list. Zach Zamek '10 leads the way with 41. The senior goalkeeper's 16 shutouts stand in fifth, a record that also belongs to Zamek with 25. TenBrook continues to climb the ladder in several offensive categories and currently places 17th in career points (50), 12th in career goals (21) and 10th in game-winning scores (3).

Tylus Win Streak: Entering play this week, F&M has not dropped a regular-season contest at home since Oct. 2, 2013 in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ursinus, a streak that spans 18 contests. 

Regular-Season Unbeaten Streak: The Diplomats have also not lost a regular-season contest in 27 straight games, a mark that dates back to Oct. 19, 2013 in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Haverford.