Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019
F&M at Dickinson | Carlisle | 6:00 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 25-16-1
Streak: DC +2
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Oct. 29, 2016
Last DC Victory: 5-2, Sept. 26, 2018
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
F&M vs. Haverford | Lancaster | 3:00 PM
Series Record: HC Leads 20-14-2
Streak: HC +5
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Oct. 13, 2007
Last HC Victory: 3-1, Sept. 22, 2018
Franklin & Marshall opened Centennial Conference play with a statement victory, taking down Muhlenberg 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Tylus. The victory was the Diplomats' first since 2011 against the Muhls, and only the fifth overall in program history.
Anna Coleman's second goal of the year in the 40th minute, compliments of a Teresa Meyer corner kick, was the only goal needed in the match for either side. Sara Ghorashi made seven saves for her first-career shutout. Recap. Video Highlights.
F&M looks to change their fortune this week against two squads that have had the Diplomats' number recently.
After largely dominating the early series history with Dickinson (22-6 through 2003), the Diplomats have only recorded three wins in their last 14 meetings (3-10-1) against the Red Devils. The last road victory for the Diplomats was in that 2003 season - a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Red Devils.
The Diplomats last victory against the Fords came over a decade ago (2007). Appearances can be deceiving, as F&M has largely hung with Haverford during the 12-year winless stretch, with six of the Diplomats' meetings ending by one-goal margins or less.
Best Since 2006
F&M's blistering 4-1-1 start to the season is its best since 2006, when the Diplomats won their first five matches of the season. The 2006 squad went undefeated in non-conference matches, but struggled down the stretch, missing the postseason after a 3-7 record in conference play.
Defense Wins Championships
Three goals allowed in the first six games is the stingiest the Diplomats' defense has been since 2011 when F&M allowed the same amount in its first seven matches. That 2011 F&M squad was the last in program history to reach the Centennial Conference postseason.
Another Day, Another Shutout
The pairing of Sara Ghorashi and Tara Hessenthaler in net has stifled opponents through the first six games, with four shutouts to their name. The duo currently ranks first in program history in save percentage (.906) and goals against average (0.48) in 560 minutes. Prior to the weekend, the goalkeeping tandem ranked 43rd in the nation in save percentage and 53rd in GAA - two marks that will be sure to rise when nation-wide statistics are recalibrated on Friday.