LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 22 men's soccer team fell to Elizabethtown by a narrow 1-0 score on Wednesday evening at Tylus Field in the Battle for the Smith-Herr Boot.
The Diplomats dropped to 2-2-1 on the season while the Blue Jays picked up their first win in the series since 2009 and improved to 3-2 on the year.
All-American Gilbert Waso finally got the Blue Jays on the board in the 35th minute, getting separation down the right side with a burst of speed, finding open space and landing a shot in the lower right of the goal for the 1-0.
In the second, the Diplomats came out in full control of possession, collecting a trio of corner opportunities and a slew of shots in the opening five minutes of the half.
The Blue Jays countered with a pair of back-to-back Waso opportunities minutes later but goalkeeper Sebastian Jenkins stood tall in net with two diving stops to the turf.
With 12 minutes to go, F&M had a golden opportunity to even the score when Elizabethtown was called for a foul just outside the box. Jim Connolly fired the set-piece opportunity on net but saw his shot careen off the crossbar.
The Diplomats continued to inflict the offensive pressure throughout the closing minutes with a flurry of corner kicks but the Elizabethtown defense managed to hold on for the victory.
Overall, shots belonged to the Blue Jays at 13-11 with F&M holding a 9-8 edge in the second half. Corners were in the Diplomats' favor at 10-5, including an 8-2 edge after the break. Alex Lalovic and Ben Draheim led the way with three shots each while Connolly was credited with a pair.
Jenkins (2-1) suffered the loss in net after tallying seven saves. Brian Gately (3-2) earned the win with one stop in 90 minutes of action.
Centennial Conference play opens on Saturday when F&M hosts Muhlenberg at 6:00 p.m.