GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team held tough in the first half but eventually faded away in a tough 5-0 loss against Gettysburg on Wednesday evening.
The Centennial Conference (CC) road tilt dropped the Diplomats to 1-10-1, 0-7 CC on the year, while the Bullets improved to 7-3-2, 4-1-1 CC.
Goalkeeper Gabby Panayotakis was challenged early when Gettysburg's Erika Muskus blew past the F&M backline in the fifth minute and created open space in the box. However, her low shot to the near post was stopped by Panayotakis - one of her seven saves in the period.
Just six minutes later, the Bullets' relentless offense broke through when Muskus took a feed from Emma Bedell, spun around and placed a shot into the right side of the net for the 1-0 Bullet lead.
Nicolette Runko provided F&M its best scoring opportunity in the 35th minute and nearly knotted the score, but her attempt on goal was turned back by the Gettysburg 'keeper to send the Diplomats into the halftime break trailing by one.
Shots favored the Bullets by a 15-2 margin after the first half of play, while corners were closer at 3-0 for Gettysburg.
In the 50th minute, the Bullets improved on their lead, making the score 2-0 with a cross into the 18-yard box that was shot to the right side of the net by Molly O'Shea.
Gettysburg added on in the 64th minute with Muskus' second of the game to increase the F&M deficit to three. The Bullets continued their scoring spree with tallies in the 79th and 85th minutes en route to the five-goal win.
The overall shot count was led by Gettysburg at 29-3, as well as corners at 5-0. Haley Barge notched two shots for F&M.
Panayotakis (0-7-1) suffered the loss despite an 11-save effort through her 90 minutes of competition.
F&M returns to Lancaster on Saturday, facing off against Washington at 3:00 p.m.