Diplomats Look To Snag First Postseason Berth Since 2011 - Week 10 Game Notes

Diplomats Look To Snag First Postseason Berth Since 2011 - Week 10 Game Notes

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Game 16
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
F&M at Eastern | St. Davids | 3:00 PM

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Series Record: F&M Leads 2-1-0
Streak: F&M +2
Last F&M Victory: 2-1, Oct. 24, 2018
Last EU Victory: 2-0, Sept. 23, 2009

Game 17

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
F&M at No. 5 Johns Hopkins | Baltimore, Md. | 3:00 PM

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Series Record: JHU leads 25-3-2
Streak: JHU +17
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, Oct. 4, 1997
Last JHU Victory: 5-0, Oct. 27, 2018

Playoff Picture

The Diplomats sit just one point out of their first postseason berth since the 2011 season, but their road to the playoffs is a bit muddied after Gettysburg (5-2-1 CC, 16 pts) took a 3-0 victory over Swarthmore (4-4 CC, 12 pts) on Saturday.

Gettysburg has the inside track, needing a single victory in its final two games to clinch a spot in the postseason outright. This is no easy task, considering the Bullets finish against Johns Hopkins (5-0-3 CC, 18 points) on Wednesday, then Centennial-leading Dickinson (6-0-2 CC, 20 points) on Saturday. The Bullets could potentially clinch in other fashions, but a victory guarantees a spot without the need to scoreboard watch.

The Diplomats can clinch without a victory against Johns Hopkins on Saturday but need at least a draw on the road against the Blue Jays and some extra help from around the CC.

F&M could clinch with only a draw IF: Gettysburg loses both of its final games AND Swarthmore loses one of its final two tilts.

The Diplomats could clinch with a win IF: Gettysburg collects two or less points in its final games AND Swarthmore loses one of its final two games.

Last Week

Franklin & Marshall's push for a Centennial Conference (CC) Playoff spot continued on Saturday, with a dominant 3-0 blanking of Bryn Mawr in women's soccer competition on Tylus Field. The Diplomats, who won their fourth-straight CC tilt, improved to 9-5-1, 5-4 CC.

Before the game, F&M honored its four-member senior class of Gabby Goodwin, Hannah Robertson, Nicolette Runko, and Sam Springer

Emilee Adami got the scoring started in the 24th minute, while Meg O'Callahan tallied her sixth of the season in the 55th, and Runko continued her blistering October run with her sixth goal in four games with a well-placed header in the 63rd. Recap. Video Highlights.

Series History

It's going to be an uphill battle against Johns Hopkins, who currently ranks fifth in the United Soccer Coaches poll and seventh in the D3soccer.com Women's Top 25. The Blue Jays come in on a four-game winning streak, and unbeaten in 13. However, Johns Hopkins has only outscored its opponents by four goals in its last seven games (3-0-4).

The Blue Jays have won the last 17 meetings against the Diplomats, but have rarely seen an F&M squad as formidable as this year's group. The last time F&M and Johns Hopkins met when the Diplomats had a winning record was 2011, when the Diplomats came into the matchup with a 5-2-1 mark and on a five-game winning streak.

On Fire

Nicolette Runko's six goals in her last four games have vaulted her into a tie for 17th all-time in program history in goals (15) and into sole possession of 22nd place in points (36). Her four shot attempts against Bryn Mawr launched her into fourth place all-time with 86 attempts. Her 42 shots this season rank eighth in team history.

Movin' On Up

Sara Ghorashi continues to be a stabilizing force in net for the Diplomats, having a hand in her sixth shutout of the year (3 solo, 3 combined), and fourth in the month of October. Her seven wins rank tied for eighth in Diplomat single-season history, the most in a season for an F&M women's soccer backstop since 2011, when Amanda McGowan went 8-7-1. Ghorashi's 1.03 goals against ranks tied for ninth in club history with McGowan, who also averaged 1.03 goals against in 2011.

Shooting Stars

This 2019 group has the best offensive unit to come through Lancaster is almost a decade, and it shows in the record book.

  • Points - 65 (best since 2010)
  • Points per game - 4.33 (best since 2003)
  • Goals - 24 (best since 2010)
  • Goals per game - 1.6 (best since 2008)
  • Game-winning goals - 9 (best since 2005)
  • Assists - 17 (best since 2005)
  • Assists per game - 1.13 (best since 2005)
  • Shots attempted - 202 (4th all-time; best since 2006)
  • Wins - 9 (best since 2005)