LANCASTER, Pa. – Dallen Moore's first goal of the season came just at the right time as the sophomore midfielder's solo strike with 1:20 remaining in regulation delivered Franklin & Marshall's No. 4 men's soccer team a 2-1 thriller over Dickinson on Wednesday evening.
The key Centennial Conference (CC) victory improved the Diplomats to 9-1, 3-0 CC on the year while the Red Devils fell to 5-5, 2-1 CC.
F&M appeared destined for its third overtime game in its last five contests before Moore found open space at the top of the box and fired a shot into the lower-left corner of the net for the game-winner.
Wednesday's clash at Tylus between the two Conference rivals was back and forth from the onset of the opening half.
An F&M counter-attack in the eighth minute nearly resulted in the first goal of the game when Alex Lalovic slid a short pass into the box to A.J. Kopacz who got a foot on the ball with a sliding attempt but was turned back at the turf by Dickinson's 'keeper.
In the 15th, Dickinson had a strong opportunity with a straight-ahead, free-kick attempt from 25 yards out. The Red Devils fired a try on net but F&M goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso was there to corral the shot.
Dickinson nearly lit the scoreboard in the final minute of the first half with a low attempt to the far post, but Amoruso was there for the diving stop.
Following the first half of action, Dickinson led in shots by an 11-6 margin while the corner count favored the Diplomats at 5-3.
The second half opened with each team trading scoring chances, including a Christian Avila Neres cross along the end line that nearly bounced off a Dickinson defender into the net.
Finally in the 54th, the Red Devils tallied the night's opening goal when a sharp, low cross to the top of the box was fired into the bottom left side of the net.
Dickinson's lead was short-lived as Avila Neres took a through pass from Alex Lalovic from 10 yards out and landed a soft shot to the low far post to even the contest at 1-1.
Amoruso kept the game even with a diving punchout of a Dickinson close-range, freekick chance in the 67th. The Red Devils opted for right below the middle of the crossbar on the attempt, but Amourso was there with a highlight-reel stop.
Shots belonged to Dickinson by a 19-9 margin for the game while the Red Devils also led corners by a slight 5-4 tally.
Amoruso earned the win in net to improve to 9-1 after notching seven saves while Frederick Meagher picked up the loss after allowing both scores.
Steven Yakita and Neres each had two shots to lead the offense.
F&M aims to keep its momentum rolling when the Diplomats travel to Swarthmore on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game.