Franklin & Marshall’s women’s soccer team took a leap forward in 2019, finishing with their first winning record since 2011, and their first double-digit victory season since 2005. Behind one of the most-productive first-year classes in program history, the Diplomats displayed their tantalizing future by narrowly missing out on their first postseason berth in nearly a decade.
Nicolette Runko and Riley Hourihan represented Franklin & Marshall on the 2019 All-Centennial Conference (CC) women's soccer team that was released by the league office on Thursday. Runko garnered First Team accolades for the first time in her career while Hourihan received Honorable Mention recognition following a stellar first-year campaign.
The Diplomats sit just one point out of their first postseason berth since the 2011 season, but their road to the playoffs is a bit muddied after Gettysburg (5-2-1 CC, 16 pts) took a 3-0 victory over Swarthmore (4-4 CC, 12 pts) on Saturday.
The Diplomats sit within striking distance of a Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament spot with only two conference tilts remaining on the schedule. Gettysburg and Swarthmore currently sit only one point ahead of F&M in the standings, each with a game in hand. Both squads ahead of the Diplomats face tough matchups to end their CC schedules.
A burst of Nicolette Runko goals in the early stages of the second half lifted Franklin & Marshall’s women’s soccer team to a clutch 2-0 shutout of Washington College in Centennial Conference (CC) play Saturday evening.
The Diplomats have struggled against Gettysburg in the past, losing 26 of 31 meetings to the Bullets, including the last 10. Franklin & Marshall has kept things close in recent games, falling by only a single goal in six of the last eight meetings.
Franklin & Marshall dropped its second straight Centennial Conference (CC) match, falling to Haverford 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. With the loss, the Diplomats fell to 4-3-1, 1-2 CC while the Fords improved to 8-1-0, 2-0 CC.
Franklin & Marshall opened Centennial Conference play with a statement victory, taking down Muhlenberg 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Tylus. The victory was the Diplomats' first since 2011 against the Muhls, and only the fifth overall in program history.
History has been unkind to the Diplomats their matchup with Muhlenberg, as F&M's last victory occurred eight years ago. The only points F&M has been able to salvage are a trio of scoreless draws (2012, 2016, 2017). On the bright side, three of the Diplomats’ four victories against the Mules have come in Lancaster.