BALTIMORE, Md. – A memorable 2019 campaign came to a close on Saturday for Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team in a tough 3-1 loss against No. 5 Johns Hopkins on the road.
The Diplomats finished the season with a 10-6-1, 5-5 Centennial Conference (CC) record while the Blue Jays improved to 12-2-4, 6-1-3 CC.
F&M won 10 games for the first time since the 2005 season and produced its first winning campaign since 2011. The Diplomats remained in the CC Playoff hunt heading into the final week of the regular season and won five out of their final six games.
Hopkins had its hands full with F&M from the onset of Saturday's match as leading-scorer Nicolette Runko struck first in the ninth minute with an unassisted tally for the 1-0 edge. The goal was Runko's 12th on the year – the most by a Diplomat women's soccer player since Amanda Zambrano also notched 12 during the 2003 season.
Runko finished out the year on a tear, registering goals in each of her final three games and accumulating eight markers in her final five contests.
The Blue Jays managed to knot the score before the break, drawing even with a 23rd-minute tally to make it 1-1. Johns Hopkins notched a pair of back-to-back goals just 54 seconds apart in the 51st and 52nd minutes to pull away for good.
Overall, the shot count favored Johns Hopkins at 20-5, while corners were closer at 5-4. However, F&M blanked the Blue Jays in corner chances during the second frame by a 4-0 tally.
Sara Ghorashi (8-6) concluded an impressive first-year campaign in net with eight saves through 90 minutes.