Diplomats Drop Playoff Opener

Diplomats Drop Playoff Opener

HAVERFORD, Pa.-- The first appearance in the Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament in nine years by the Franklin & Marshall women's soccer team was short-lived, as F&M dropped its first-round game to Haverford 3-0 Wednesday afternoon.  With the win, the Fords advance to Saturday's semifinals against Johns Hopkins.

From the opening kickoff, play was almost exclusively in the Diplomats end for most of the first half.  The Fords fired seven shots, four of which were on target.  Only the stellar play of F&M keeper Amanda McGowan kept Haverford off the scoreboard, and the teams went into the break still scoreless.

The second half began in much the same way the first half ended, with the Fords continuously putting pressure on the Diplomats defense.  F&M had a chance to go up 1-0 in the 61st minute, when the Diplomats were awarded a free kick, but the header by Nancy Epstein was off the mark.

The Fords finally broke the deadlock in the 69th minute on a free kick from just outside the box.  Anna Rayne found Allie Chen just inside the box, and Chen blasted the ball past McGowan into the top right corner of the net to give the Fords a 1-0 lead.

Haverford would make it 2-0 just over two minutes later when a shot from 35 yards out hit the crossbar and the rebound came to Katie Van Aken, who put it past McGowan for her eighth goal of the season.

The final score of the afternoon came in the 82nd minute when Mariah Baker collected a pass from Connie Friedman near the penalty area, and slid the ball past McGowan.

Haverford peppered the net all afternoon, outshooting the Diplomats 19-9 overall, and 10-2 in shots on goal.  Corners were even at two apiece.

Epstein recorded both of the Diplomats' shots on goal, and five shots total.  Carley Nicholson, Bailey Huber, Sarah McGahran and Jen Korngut also tallied shots for F&M.

F&M ends the season at 8-7-1.  Today was the final game for seniors Huber, Henley Siegrist and Jessica House.


Franklin & Marshall (8-7-1) vs. Haverford College (12-2-4)

Date: Nov 02, 2011  Attendance: 87

Weather: bright, clear skies; high-50s, light breeze


 Goals by period      1  2  Tot

 Franklin & Marshall.  0  0 -  0

 Haverford College...  0  3 -  3



 1.  68:32 HAV Allie Chen (5) (Anna Rayne)

 2.  70:50 HAV Katie Van Aken (8) (unassisted)

 3.  81:44 HAV Mariah Baker (1) (Connie Friedman)


 Shots: Franklin & Marshall 9, Haverford College 19

 Saves: Franklin & Marshall 7 (Amanda McGowan 7), Haverford College 2 (Robin Chernow 2)