LANCASTER, Pa. – Nicolette Runko assisted on two goals and added one of her own to lead Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team in a 3-0 shutout of Hood on Wednesday afternoon.
The non-conference victory at Tylus improved the Diplomats to 5-3-1 on the year while the Blazers fell to 7-3-1.
Early pressure from the F&M offense led to a fifth-minute corner kick opportunity that hit off of the Diplomats' Emilee Adami in the box and just to the left of the post. Less than a minute later, F&M's tenacity was rewarded when Nicolette Runko lofted a short cross into the box that was headed into the back of the net by Meg O'Callahan for the 1-0 Diplomat edge.
In the 17th, F&M tacked on when Runko notched her second assist of the game, this time feeding Emilee Adami with a low cross for a left-footed strike – good for the first of her career.
Goalkeeper Sara Ghorashi stopped a pair of point-blank shots in the half, including a 28th-minute chance that saw the first-year storm off her line and blocked an attempt at the top of the 18-yard box.
The Diplomats led the first-half shot count by a staggering 11-2 margin, as well as corners at 5-0.
In the second, Runko lit the scoreboard herself with a 57th-minute penalty-shot tally for the 3-0 lead. Teresa Meyer drew the foul in the top if the box, leading to Runko's score.
F&M's defense was lights out through the remainder of the game, holding the Blazers to just three total shots. The Diplomats led the final shot count at 19-3 and corners at 8-1.
Ghorashi (3-3) stopped both shots she faced through 68 of action to claim the win. Lydia Erickson (5-3-1) was dealt the loss for Hood after surrendering the three markers.
O'Callahan led the Diplomat offense with seven shots while Runko notched three and Adami added a pair.
F&M returns to Centennial action on Saturday, traveling to Swarthmore, who received votes in the latest national poll, for a 4:00 p.m. showdown.