Flock Grounded

By The Elm - Sep 27,2013@4:14 pm

Freshmen forward Chris Lewandowski out-works his opponent.
Photo by Amanda Boyer

By Brian Klose
Staff Writer

After a hard-fought 90-minute game, the Shoremen came up short in a 1-0 loss to the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats in Saturday’s homecoming game and Centennial Conference opener.

The loss ended Washington College’s four-game win streak and put the men’s soccer team at 5-2 overall, 0-1 in the conference.

The Diplomats remain unbeaten at 6-0-1, and have yet to allow a goal this season.

From the opening seconds of the match, both teams struggled to put up any offense with plenty of missed scoring opportunities, and played steady defense. Each team had five shots in the first half. Sophomore WC goalkeeper David Myers made a single save in the period with a dive top to his right in the 42nd minute.

The second half started off with much of the same frustration on both sides. WC got only two shots off in the period, and Myers made two saves. The only goal in the game came in the 78th minute when Franklin & Marshall’s Ben Beaver scored off a loose ball in front of the goal resulting from an errant WC clear.

Senior midfielder had the game’s last shot with a header saved by F&N goalkeeper T.J. White in the 84th minute.

One of the Shoremen’s main concerns from the game was foul trouble. Fifteen fouls, including two yellow cards, put WC at a serious disadvantage in terms of obtaining and maintaining momentum.

This first matchup with a Centennial opponent serves as a reality check and a taste of the competitive season ahead. Coach Roy Dunshee has the depth and talent to get the job done, and while this loss is a disappointment, the Shoremen now know what to expect in their upcoming contests within the conference.

The Shoremen take on McDaniel College at home for a Saturday afternoon showdown. Come and support goosenation at Kibler Field.

The Elm

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