F&M Falls to Richard Stockton

F&M Falls to Richard Stockton

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall dropped a 1-0 decision against Richard Stockton on Wednesday evening in non-conference women's soccer action at Tylus Field. With the defeat, the Diplomats fell to 4-5-3 on the season, while the Ospreys improved to 11-5.

A slow start for both offenses in the opening half gave way to F&M's first scoring opportunity in the eighth minute when Alexa Yarish found open space from 25 yards out and sent a rocket on net.

Stockton's goalkeeper Sarah Hinkle was there to make the stop, one of her four saves on the game, to keep the score knotted at 0-0.

Rachel Sanford of the Ospreys lined up for a corner in the 27th minute and sailed an opportunity into the box that found the foot of Laina Matus. The ball then deflected off an F&M defender just inches in front of the goal before making its way into the back of the net to give Stockton a 1-0 lead. 

Diplomat goalkeeper Amanda McGowan relieved starter Caroline Letner in the beginning of the second half and came up with a huge stop in the 68th minute to keep the score at 1-0. 

An F&M foul led to an Osprey free kick from the left side, which was sent into heavy traffic in the box. McGowan managed to storm out of the net and get a hand on the ball, clearing it to the right side of the field to keep the score at 1-0. 

Despite controlling possession and keeping pressure on Stockton through the remainder of regulation, the Diplomats were unable to light the scoreboard en route to the 1-0 loss.

Letner (0-1) was charged with the defeat while Hinkle (9-5) picked up the shutout victory after stopping all four shots she faced. 

F&M combined to outshoot the Ospreys 6-5, while Stockton dominated corners at 5-0. Kelley Lang and Stephanie Bartner each recorded a pair of shots on the contest.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday with a 4:00 p.m. matchup against CC opponent Washington College at Tylus Field.