No. 4 F&M Topples Eastern

No. 4 F&M Topples Eastern

Box Score 

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 4 ranked men's soccer team rolled past Eastern by a 4-1 score Wednesday evening on Tylus Field.

The non-conference rematch of last year's NCAA Second Round improved the Diplomats to 11-1 on the year with the team's 10th-straight win, while the Eagles fell to 5-7-1.

F&M's offense began to establish itself in the middle stages of opening half with a flurry of scoring opportunities. Kane Feudtner generated the Diplomats' first chance in the 27th minute with a header off a Max Geuder corner kicker that was stopped on the goal line by an Eastern defender. 

Feudtner had another golden look on net with eight minutes to go in the half. Ryan Hannum lofted a well-placed cross to the far post that was headed on net by Feudtner, but the ball careened off the crossbar and out of bounds.

An Eastern handball in the 18-yard box with two minutes left in the first half led to a Ryan Horan penalty-kick opportunity. Horan's initial attempt was turned back by the Eagles' goalkeeper, but Joshua Slager was there to score off the rebound for the 1-0 Diplomat advantage.

In the second half, F&M made it a 2-0 game when Jack Brandt sent a long through ball from midfield to A.J. Kopacz. The sophomore forward split a pair of defenders and landed a low shot into the back of the net. 

Eastern cut the deficit in half with a counter-attack score in the 60th minute that made it a one-goal game. In the 74th, an Eagles' corner led to a close-range opportunity on the near side of the box but goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso was there to corral the attempt.

The Diplomats put the game out of reach for good in the 84th minute when Christian Avila Neres sent a short pass to a sprinting Alex Lalovic who notched his fifth score of the season with a low shot that made it 3-1. Three minutes later, Kopacz recorded his second goal of the game and seventh of the season with a turnover in the box and a well-placed shot to the far post.

Shots belonged to F&M by a dominant 17-4 margin, including an 8-0 margin in the opening half. Corners also heavily favored the Diplomats at 9-1. Kopacz led the effort with five shots, followed by Lalovic with three.

Amoruso earned the win to improve 11-1 after collecting a pair of stops. 

F&M returns to Centennial action this Saturday, traveling to Ursinus for a 12:00 p.m. contest.