CC Playoff Picture Taking Shape for Men’s Soccer

CC Playoff Picture Taking Shape for Men’s Soccer
Game 14
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
F&M at Gettysburg | Gettysburg | 7:00 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 43-35-5
Streak: F&M +8
Last F&M Victory: 4-1, Oct. 26, 2016
Last GC Victory: 2-1, Nov. 3, 2007
Game 15
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
F&M at Washington | Chestertown | 7:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 26-8-8
Streak: F&M +5
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Sept. 26, 2015
Last WC Victory: 3-1, Sept. 28, 2002

Series History: A pair of road games in the second-to-last week of the regular season highlights another critical stretch for Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team (6-5-2, 4-1-1 Centennial). Action opens against Gettysburg on Wednesday, a series that began in 1930 and has seen the Diplomats secure wins in each of the last eight meetings. 

On Saturday, the Diplomats travel to Washington looking to extend a 14-match (11-0-3) unbeaten streak that dates back to the 2002 season.

CC Playoff Picture: With just three CC games remaining, the Diplomats (13 points) need two wins or a win and a loss from Swarthmore and McDaniel to officially secure a playoff spot. F&M remains in the hunt for the No. 1 seed and right to host the tournament as the Diplomats are just two points behind Gettysburg in first and one point behind Johns Hopkins in second. 

Last Game Against Gettysburg: Robert Maze scored a pair of goals, courtesy of two Ugo Okolie assists, to highlight a dominant offensive effort by No. 2 F&M in a 4-1 whitewash of Gettysburg on Oct. 26 of last season. 

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Last Game Against Washington: A gut-wrenching pair of overtimes and 110 total minutes of play failed to produce a winner as No. 6 F&M for a 1-1 2OT draw against Washington on Sept. 24, 2016. Maze tallied the Diplomats' lone goal in the 38th minute and F&M controlled both shots (14-11) and corners (13-4). 

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Last Week: F&M produced a solid 1-0-1 record last week, topping Swarthmore on the road by a 1-0 score on Wednesday and following with a 1-1 tie against No. 25 Johns Hopkins at home on Saturday. 

Against Swarthmore, Jason Tonelli notched the game-winner in the 12th minute, cleaning up a Ben Draheim shot on net and burying the rebound opportunity. 

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Against Johns Hopkins, Tonelli once again tallied the Diplomats' lone goal with a 33rd-minute marker. Overall, shots favored the Blue Jays at 18-14 while corners were even at 8-8. Tonelli led the charge with six shots, followed by Draheim, Connolly and Stephen Sherbahn with two each. Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso (3-1-1) recorded a slew of quality stops, finishing the game with six saves.

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Tonelli Scoring Streak: Tonelli has now scored goals in three straight games and has found the back of the net in six out of the last eight contests. The senior forward has a goal in all but two games. 

Offensive Onslaught: The Diplomats' five goals against Ursinus on Saturday, Oct. 7 were the most scored in a game since Nov. 14, 2015 when F&M downed Babson by a 5-1 score in the NCAA First Round.

Among the Leaders (CC): Jim Connolly's seven assists place him first among CC men's soccer players, while Tonelli's 10 goals stand alone in third. Tonelli's 20 points are good for fifth. 

Amoruso leads all goalkeepers with a .900 save percentage while placing second with 0.42 goals against average.

Among the Leaders (NCAA): As a team, F&M ranks fifth among all DIII institutions in corner kick opportunities per game with an average of 7.92.

Record Book Watch: Tonelli has 12 game-winning goals in his career, a mark that is good for second in program history. Ben Beaver '13 leads the way with 20. The senior forward also has 27 career goals, which places him ninthon the all-time list, while his 57 career points stand are tied for 10th. Beaver tops each category with 47 and 104, respectively.

Janse Schermerhorn and Ben Draheim are climbing the list for most games played by members of the program, each tying for seventh with 76 games each. Devon Malfitano '15 holds the record with 82.