YORK, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team held off York by a 2-1 score Wednesday night in non-conference competition on the road.
The Diplomats improved to 2-0 for the first time since the start of the 2013 season, while the Spartans dipped to 0-2.
Each team's offense got off to a slow start with just two total shots through the opening 16 minutes. F&M didn't need many opportunities to capitalize as first-year Emily Cleary tallied her first career marker in the 18th, collecting a loose ball at the top of the box before spinning around a firing a shot to the right post.
The Diplomats went into halftime with that 1-0 edge despite York leading in shots by a 7-3 margin.
In the second, F&M tacked onto its lead when Nicolette Runko provided a clutch penalty kick conversion for her first score of the year to provide some breathing room for the Diplomats.
Runko's tally proved to be much needed as the Spartans finally struck in the 65th minute to pull within one at 2-1. However, F&M's defense buckled down from there and held York off the scoreboard for the remainder of the night to secure the win.
Goalkeeper Sara Ghorashi (1-0) was solid in net to pick up her first career win. The first-year recorded seven saves through 90 minutes while her counterpart, Cat McCarty (0-2) was dealt the loss after allowing both scores and registering four saves.
The overall shot count favored York at 15-10 but was closer in the second half at 8-7. Corners also belonged to the Spartans at 5-4.
Runko paced the offense with two of the Diplomats' 10 shots.
F&M returns to the pitch on Saturday, traveling to Penn St.-Berks for a 4:00 p.m. matchup.