SCRANTON, Pa. – A first-half, free-kick goal proved to be more than enough for the No. 12 Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team's stout defense in an impressive 1-0 shutout of Scranton on the road Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, 18th-year head coach Dan Wagner reached the 200-win milestone for his career. The Diplomats' 2019 record improved to 4-1 on the season while the Royals were dealt their first loss of the season and fell to 3-1-1.
Consistent offensive pressure from F&M in the early stages paid off in the 21st minute when a Scranton foul provided a key free-kick opportunity from 30 yards out. Carl Friedrich capitalized on the try with a well-placed shot on net that put the Diplomats in front at 1-0.
F&M trailed in overall shots by a 4-3 margin after 45 minutes of play but held the 3-1 edge in shots on goal.
In the second half, the Diplomats' defense continued their domination, only allowing a pair of Scranton shots in the period.
Goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso (3-1-1) provided a steady presence in net with four saves for his second shutout of the season.
Possession belonged to F&M at a 56-44 percent clip on the afternoon, while corners heavily favored the Diplomats at 9-0.
F&M hosts Stevens on Wednesday for the Diplomats' first home game of 2019. Action is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.