LANCASTER, Pa. – Sara Ghorashi's first-career shutout keyed Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team in a 1-0 shutout of Muhlenberg at home in the Centennial Conference (CC) opener on Saturday evening.
The Diplomats improved to 4-1-1, 1-0 CC with their first win over Muhlenberg since 2011, while the Mules dropped to 4-2, 0-1 CC.
In the early going of the first half, Ghorashi stood tall in net by thwarting several scoring chances by the Mules', including a diving save in the 18th.
With eight minutes remaining in the frame, Muhlenberg found space at the top of the box and fired a point-blank shot on net, but Ghorashi was there once again to stop the attempt.
The Diplomats' offense managed to breakthrough in the 40th minute to take the 1-0 advantage. Sarah Marsan lined up for a corner kick on the near side and lofted a ball into the center of the box. Her attempt found its way past traffic, hit off of Teresa Meyer and was launched into the lower right of the goal with a strike from Anna Coleman – her second of the year.
Stellar defense remained F&M's calling card throughout the second half as the Diplomat backline fought off a slew of potential opportunities from Muhlenberg.
O'Callahan nearly tacked on again in the 81st, creating open space at the top of the box and rifling a low shot that was turned back by a diving stop.
However, the one goal proved to be more than enough for F&M's stout defense en route to the key Conference victory.
Ghorashi (4-1-1) was unwavering in net, picking up seven saves in the game through 90 minutes to earn the win. Libby Juliano (4-2) recorded five saves in the losing effort.
The overall shot count belonged to Muhlenberg at 15-13, but the Diplomats held a dominant 10-3 advantage in the second half. O'Callahan led the way with four shots, while Emilee Adami and Catie Kaseta followed with three each.
F&M continues CC play on Wednesday, traveling to Dickinson for a 6:00 p.m. match.