ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall women's soccer team, a squad receiving votes in the latest national rankings, racked up a 21-8 advantage in shots and came away with a 2-1 victory at nearby Elizabethtown on Wednesday night. The Diplomats took the lead in the 30th minute of action before the two sides traded goals during the final 10 plus minutes of action.
The Diplomats' road for a 3-0 start to the season began in the first half. The visitors appeared headed for a 1-0 lead just a few seconds before Meg O'Callahan's goal. However, that initial attempt from Sierra Brophy was cleared off the line. However, the damage would come just 30 seconds later as O'Callahan scored her second goal of the season in unassisted fashion.
F&M stayed busy on the offensive end during the second half and added what appeared to be an insurance goal during the 80th minute of game action as Bri Skidmore took a feed from Zoe Warne to make the score 2-0. Skidmore's goal was the first of her campaign after tallying five times a season ago. The assist marked the first point of Warne's rookie season at F&M.
That goal would nonetheless loom large as just over five minutes later Elizabethtown found some offense of its own, making Skidmore's goal her second career game-winning effort. However, the Diplomats defense tightened and did not allow a shot for the remainder of regulation during the 2-1 victory.
In goal, Emma Nolan made a pair of saves over the 90 minutes as just three shots reached the F&M goalie. On the other hand, the Diplomats peppered the Blue Jays' box with 12 shots on goal throughout the evening. F&M also maintained a 4-1 advantage in corner kick chances. O'Callahan registered a team-high five shots on the night as 10 different Diplomats took at least one shot during the victory.
Women's soccer will be back on the road this coming weekend as the team travels to Washington and Lee on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start in Lexington, Virginia.