ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Alison Francis scored a pair of goals to lead the No. 23 Franklin & Marshall women's soccer team to a 4-0 victory at Muhlenberg on Wednesday night. The win kept the Diplomats (5-0-2, 1-0-1 CC) undefeated and marked the team's fourth consecutive shutout. The Diplomats have now allowed just two goals over 630 minutes of soccer this season (0.29 GAA). F&M is averaging just over two and a half goals per match.
Franklin & Marshall held a 10-5 advantage in shots throughout the first 45 minutes. That persistence paid off just before the half as Francis took a pass from Mikaela Timmermans and put it in the back of the net to give her side the lead with just under three minutes remaining in the half.
The Diplomats padded the lead with a pair of goals that came just over four minutes apart midway through the second half. Lainie Anderson got that spurt started during the 69th minute with her unassisted tally. Francis followed that up during the 73rd minute of action with another unassisted effort. Anderson's goal was the first of her career, while Francis' tally put her in the team lead with six goals through the first seven matches.
Just before the final whistle, Delaney Bessel finished a pass from Sophie Koziol to make the Centennial Conference matchup a 4-0 final. Both Bessel and Kozial recorded their first points of the season on that goal. F&M finished the night with a 22-8 advantage in shots after posting a 12-3 edge in that category over the final 45 minutes. Francis scored on two of her four shots on goal, taking five attempts on the night. Dahlia Pepe was also credited with an assist on the play. Pepe moves into sole possession of the team lead after previously recording three helpers against Marywood for the most assists by an F&M player since the 1980s.
Emma Nolan stopped all four shots that she faced against the Mules, dropping her GAA down to 0.31 on the year. Her counterpart made five saves on the Diplomats' nine shots on goal.
After its first conference win in the early part of the Centennial Conference schedule, Franklin & Marshall will transition to non-conference play this Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Penn State Harrisburg for a 7 p.m. start.