LANCASTER, Pa. – For the sixth time in the previous seven games, No. 1 Franklin & Marshall shutout its competition, this time blanking Johns Hopkins by a 1-0 score in Centennial Conference (CC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.
The win allowed the Diplomats to remain undefeated on the year at 13-0, 5-0 CC, while the Blue Jays fell to 7-4-2, 2-2-1 CC.
Knotted in a scoreless tie in the 56th minute of action, two consecutive Jeremy Levine freekicks eventually resulted in an F&M goal. After having his attempt played back out to him, Levine floated a ball into the box.
Chase TenBrook, the Diplomats' leading goal scorer, managed to get a head on it, as Johns Hopkins' goalkeeper came storming out of the net. The ball bounced past the netminder and into an empty goal from 15 yards out for TenBrook's ninth of the year and giving his team the 1-0 lead.
F&M's stringent defense held on from there, not allowing a shot on net through the remainder of the frame. The shot count favored Johns Hopkins through 90 minutes at 13-11, while corners belonged to the Diplomats at 5-3. Ben Wild, Devon Malfitano and TenBrook all led the way with two shots each.
Trevor Britton (13-0) continued to show his poise in net, stopping all five shots he faced on the game, a season high, for his eighth shutout of the year. Bryan See (7-4-2) suffered the loss for the Blue Jays, stopping four shots on the day.
The Diplomats remain in the driver's seat of the conference, sitting in a first-place tie with Haverford with four games remaining in the regular season. Action continues on Tuesday, when F&M travels to take on Muhlenberg at 7:00 p.m.