LANCASTER, Pa. - Steven Yakita's first-career goal was a memorable one - a 96th minute overtime winner that delivered Franklin & Marshall's No. 12 men's soccer team a 2-1 OT victory over Haverford on Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field.
The overtime thriller improved the Diplomats' unbeaten record to a 7-0-1, 1-0-1 CC while the Fords fell to 3-4, 1-1 CC.
Five minutes into the overtime period, Max Geuder lofted a long cross to Yakita that was headed into the top-left corner of the net for the winner.
Neither team was able to light the scoreboard in the opening four minutes as each squad was equal in shots at 2-2 while corners favored the Diplomats at 5-0. Haverford notched the game's first tally in the 50th when a Fords' shot careened off the post but was knocked in by an F&M defender for the own goal.
The Diplomats responded in the 70th minute as Jack Brandt crossed a ball in front of the net that was contested by the Haverford goalkeeper. He was unable to handle the attempt, and Connor Whitacre was there to clean up the play, sending a shot into the bottom right of the goal to even the score at 1-1.
Each team traded penalty kick opportunities with F&M's attempt occurring in the 77th and the Fords' chance taking place in the 82nd. However, both shots failed to hit pay dirt, each missing the net and eventually leading to an overtime stanza.
F&M dominated the overall shot count at 14-6, as well as corners at 8-0. Jim Connolly and Yakita were each credited with three shots to lead the offense, while Ryan Fincher and Brandt followed with two each.
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso (4-0) remained unbeaten on the year, registering one save in 95:38 minutes of play. Haverford's Michael Iacono (3-4) recorded one save and surrendered a pair of scores to be dealt the loss.
The Diplomats continue Centennial action on Wednesday, traveling to Dickinson for a 7:00 p.m. match.