Women's Soccer Opens Up 2014 Campaign on Friday

Women's Soccer Opens Up 2014 Campaign on Friday

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team kicks off its 2014 season with a busy weekend at home, battling Lebanon Valley at 6:00 p.m. on Friday before taking on Penn St. – Berks Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Diplomats look to get back to playoffs after coming up short a season ago.

To watch the season preview video, click here.

2014 Diplomats

The Diplomats look to return to the Centennial Conference (CC) playoffs after finishing with a 5-9-3 mark last season. With seven players who started 10 or more games returning, the main void F&M needs to fill is at the goalkeeper position as Amanda McGowan, who was lost to graduation, recorded five shutouts last year and 19 for her career, a program record. She earned a spot on the CC First Team a season ago for the third-consecutive year and placed fourth in the conference in goals against average (1.07).

However, head coach Bill Esterly has three solid goalkeepers in senior Caroline Letner, junior Nicole Savidge, and freshman Shannon Johnson-Finn who are all battling in practice and raising the level of competition.

Key Returners

M – Megan Rubenstein – Sr.

D – Brianna Reid – Sr.

M – Allison Miller – Sr.

F – Spencer Plante – Sr.

M – Nicole Rynecki – Sr.

M – Adrian Glass – Sr.

F – Alexa Yarish – Sr.

Last season, Rynecki led the team with 14 points, including seven goals, while Plante added seven points and three goals for the Diplomats. This formidable group of seniors combined with a talented, hard-working freshmen class look to make some noise in the CC this season.

A strong defensive unit a year ago kept F&M within striking distance in nearly every game as the Diplomats ranked sixth in the CC in total goals against (20) and sixth in goals against average (1.09). Esterly believes his returners bring great leadership to the team, as F&M looks to make significant strides forward in the upcoming season.

To view last season's statistics, click here.

The Road Ahead

The Diplomats have a tough 2014 schedule as F&M will face off against four teams in the preseason top-25, including CC opponent Johns Hopkins (No. 6), Messiah (No. 9), Misericordia (No. 17) and Lynchburg (No. 18). The Diplomats begin CC action on Saturday, Sept. 20 when F&M travels to Swarthmore.

Opening Contests

Game 1
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
F&M vs. Lebanon Valley | Lancaster, Pa. | 6:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 5-3-3
Streak: LVC +1
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Sept. 5, 2007
Last LVC Victory: 3-0, Sept. 25, 2008
Game 2
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Franklin & Marshall vs. Penn St. – Berks | Lancaster, Pa. | 4:30 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 1-0
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Sept. 27, 2011
Last Penn St. – Berks Victory: N/A

Follow Along (Social Media)

All of your favorite Diplomat athletic teams are available on social media. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, like them on Facebook and subscribe to the Diplomats Youtube page for frequent highlight videos of games throughout the season.

All home contests are streamed in HD video, free of charge. Fans can also follow the action through the live stats page, found here.