LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall battled but fell 4-1 to No. 10 Misericordia on Wednesday night in non-conference women's soccer action. The Cougars stayed perfect at 5-0, while the Diplomats dropped to 1-5.
Misericordia found the back of the net just under eight minutes into the contest when F&M goalie Shannon Johnson-Finn ran up to Cougar forward Erin McGreal in an attempt to dive to save the ball. The ball came out of Johnson-Finn's arms and McGreal was there to put it away and give Misericordia an early 1-0 lead.
The Cougar's lead did not last long, however, as Brianna Reid netted her second goal of the year just 15 minutes after McGreal's tally. Off of a free kick from Jennifer Lurty, the ball got past starting Misericordia goalkeeper Maureen Ciccosanti and Reid was there to knock it in to tie the game at 1-1.
The contest did not remain tied for long, as Meghan Antrim netted a goal less than two minutes after Reid's to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead going into halftime.
For most of the second half, each team played strong defense as Misericordia recorded nine corner kicks in the second half, most of which were defended well by the Diplomats.
In the 68th minute, a good crossing pass from the Cougars' Alex Gallagher set up an Antrim header that found the top right corner of the net and increased Misericordia's lead to 3-1. Megan Mahoney added a late goal in the 82nd minute as the Cougars went on to win 4-1.
Johnson-Finn (0-3) made seven saves for F&M, while Reid lead the team with three shots.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M travels to Swarthmore for its Centennial Conference (CC) opener at 7:00 p.m.