Game 5 Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 F&M vs. Oglethorpe | Lancaster, Pa. | 5:30 PM Series Record: First Meeting Streak: N/A Last F&M Victory: N/A Last OU Victory: N/A Video | Live Stats
Series History: F&M closes out its early-season home stand this weekend with a pair of games at Tylus, beginning by taking on Oswego St. for the first time since a 4-1 win on Sept. 9, 1995, before battling Oglethorpe University, which hails from Atlanta, Ga., for the first time in school history.
Last Week: The 2016 season opened with a series of impressive showings by the Diplomats that included a 4-1 bashing of Alvernia to open the year. F&M tallied scores on an own goal in the 48th minutes and followed with goals from Jason Tonelli (48th), Cole Niggeman (65th) and Jeremy Levine (69th).
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The No. 10 ranked Lycoming Warriors came to Lancaster on Sunday for a crucial non-conference matchup with the Diplomats coming out ahead by a 2-1 tally with goals from Stephen Sherbahn (60th) and Tonelli (62nd).
Last night, Tonelli lit the scoreboard again for F&M, this time knotting the game against York at 1-1 in the 60th minute. The hard-fought contest ended in a 2OT tie, despite the Diplomats outshooting the opposition by a 23-7 margin.
Tonelli Named POTW: Tonelli was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Offensive Player of the Week for men's soccer on Tuesday. The honor was the first of his career. The junior forward notched both of No. 12 F&M's game-winning goals in its opening week against Alvernia and No. 10 Lycoming.
Non-Conference Win Streak: With a 2-0-1 start, the Diplomats extended their regular-season unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents to 27, a mark that stretches back to 2012.
In the Rankings: The Diplomats entered 2016at No. 12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Poll. Haverford (No. 6) and Dickinson (No. 25) were the other CC Institutions on the list. Amherst ranks No. 1, followed by Loras (No. 2) and Oneonta (No. 3). The next poll release is slated for Sept. 13.
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In the CC Preseason Poll, F&M was picked to finish second behind defending champion Haverford. The Fords received six out of 10 first-places votes, while the Diplomats received four.
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Among the Leaders: Tonelli paces the CC in points (6) and goals (3) through the opening three games of the season. Okolie is tied for first with two assists and senior goalkeeper Dave Reingold holds the fourth-lowest goals-against-average mark in the conference at 0.93.