Diplomats Roll Past William Paterson

Diplomats Roll Past William Paterson

Box Score

WAYNE, N.J. - Franklin & Marshall's No. 12 ranked men's soccer team dominated all facets of a 3-0 shutout against William Paterson on Wednesday evening in non-conference competition.

The Diplomats remained unbeaten with the impressive road win and improved to 6-0-1, while the Pioneers fell to 4-2-1.

Ryan Hannum connected with Ryan Fincher off a long ball in the 35th minute that led to F&M's first goal of the game. Fincher beat the William Paterson goalkeeper off the subsequent one-on-one opportunity and tallied his second goal of the season for the 1-0 edge. 

The Diplomats went into the halftime break with a 7-3 lead in shots and a 3-1 advantage on corners. 

Just 36 seconds ticked off the clock in the second half before F&M added to its lead. Ugo Okolie notched his first score of the season, causing a turnover in the Diplomats' defensive third and crashing the net to put F&M in front at 2-0.

The two-goal margin held until the 65th when the Diplomats put the game out of reach for good off an own goal. Senior forward Jim Connolly spearheaded the effort, turning around in the box and firing a shot that deflected off a Pioneers' defender and into the left side of the net for the 3-0 advantage. 

F&M's defense took over from there as the Diplomats allowed just two shots on goal in the frame. The overall shot count through 90 minutes favored F&M by a 17-6 tally, while corners were even at 4-4. 

Fincher led the offense with five shots, including three on goal, while Connolly and Connor Whitacre were each credited with a pair of shots. 

Goalkeeper Sebastian Jenkins improved to 3-0 on the year with his third career shutout, registering four saves on the game. His counterpart Kyle Quigley picked up the loss despite an eight-save effort in net.

The Diplomats return home on Saturday to battle Centennial rival Haverford at 1:00 p.m.