GALLOWAY, N.J. - A valiant comeback effort in the waning moments of the second half nearly forced overtime, but Franklin & Marshall's No. 17 men's soccer team was unable to capitalize as the Diplomats fell to Stockton by a narrow 1-0 score on Wednesday evening.
The road tilt brought F&M's record to 1-1 on the early season while the Ospreys improved to 1-1.
Neither team hit pay dirt until the 72nd minute when Stockton connected on a header from the left side of the box for the 1-0 advantage. In the final seconds of regulation, F&M made one last attempt to even the contest.
The Diplomats' offense applied the pressure late, lofting a high ball into the box, which made its way through a scrum in front and found the foot of Kane Feudtner on the right side. The sophomore forward nearly capitalized, chipping a shot that missed just high of the crossbar.
The first half belonged to F&M as the Diplomats led the shot count by a dominant 7-1 margin through the opening 45 minutes, to go along with a 3-1 edge on corners. Overall, F&M held the 14-5 lead in shots for the game and a 10-5 advantage in corners.
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso (1-1) suffered the loss after stopping one shot in 90 minutes of play, while Dino Gromitsaris (1-0) snagged the shutout win with his six-save effort.
The Diplomats aim to get back to their winning ways on Saturday, continuing their road trip with a 4:00 p.m. match against Alvernia.