No. 12 F&M Battles York to 1-1 Draw

No. 12 F&M Battles York to 1-1 Draw

LANCASTER, Pa. – Missed opportunities and an impressive display of goalkeeping resulted in a hard-fought 1-1 2 OT draw between No. 12 Franklin & Marshall and York on Tuesday evening in Lancaster. 

The Diplomats and Spartans both moved 2-0-1 on the season with the non-conference decision. 

York came out challenging the F&M defense from the onset and eventually struck first with a penalty kick goal from Ryan Ockford in the 11th minute of the first half. Only four minutes had passed before the Diplomats were rewarded with a penalty kick opportunity of their own. Stephen Sherbahn lined up for the attempt, but York's goalkeeper Charlie Johnson made an incredible diving stop to keep the game at 1-0 for the Spartans.

In the opening minute of the second half, F&M's defense continued to carry over momentum from the first when Ben Wild played a short ball into the center of the box that a charging Ugo Okolie sailed just high of the crossbar.

F&M managed to get on the board in the 60th minute when a Wyatt Fabian header found the right foot of Jason Tonelli who sent a well-placed shot into the lower left of the goal to even the score.

The Diplomats followed with multiple chances on net but were unable to get any additional shots past Johnson in regulation, who was lights out for 90 minutes. 

Overtime number one opened with a flood of action and was nearly over in the opening minute with a turnover deep in F&M's defensive zone. Joel Teston pounced on a loose ball and sent a short, lofted pass into the center of the box that was headed just high of the net by Nathan Bilbie. 

With six minutes to go Tonelli, the reigning Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the Week, appeared to score his third game winner of the season but had a goal called back on an offside call. 

The second overtime period saw limited opportunities from a pair of winded teams, and the only threat coming from a Cole Niggeman right-footed shot at the top of the box that was blocked wide of the goal by York.

Shots favored F&M by a staggering 23-7 margin with corners also belonging to the Diplomats at 16-1. Stephen Harlan led the way with four shots, followed by Tonelli, Okolie, Wild and Alex Bilodeau with three each.

Dave Reingold (2-0-1) recorded three saves in 110 minutes of play, while Johnson kept York in the game with eight saves. 

The Diplomats continue their non-conference home stand on Friday, welcoming Oswego to Tylus for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.