Men’s Soccer Defeats #1 F&M

All photos taken by Ryan Gooding ’16. 

 

The Haverford men’s soccer team beat number-one ranked and previously undefeated Franklin & Marshall 3-1 Saturday at Walton Field.

The Fords (12-3 overall, 7-0 in the Centennial Conference) came from behind for the win, scoring three times after the F&M Diplomats scored the first goal a little over two minutes into the match. The win also tied the program record of 10 straight victories.

“At half time, I joked that we should start each game down 1-0,” said Head Coach Shane Rineer, noting that his team has trailed in two prior conference wins this season. “I frequently remind the team that the game is 90 minutes long and that we need to limit the opponent’s chances and execute on our own chances.”

The Fords tied the game in the ninth minute when Tejan Walcott ’17 finished a shot from the left side of the field. The goal was Walcott’s fourth of the season.

“It was a great play from Colin Seitz and Sam Yarosh,” said Walcott regarding his goal. “When Colin gets a head of steam and bombs down the line, he is practically impossible to defend. So whenever he has the ball at his feet when we are attacking, I know there is going to be a chance to score.”

William Corkery ’17, who is currently tied for most assists in the conference with 11, credited teammate Brady Seitz ’16 for his goal, which was scored on a penalty kick. 

“He did a fantastic job of winning the penalty after making a great run into the box,” said Corkery of Brady Seitz, who was fouled in the box in the 27th minute. “I didn’t know I was going to be tasked with taking [the penalty shot], which may have been a good thing since I didn’t have any time to overanalyze it or get nervous.”

The Fords’ last goal came in the 38th minute, when Yarosh ’16 finished a shot from the top of the box. The goal was Yarosh’s 30th of his career, tying him for 12th all-time in school history.

Yarosh currently leads the conference with 14 goals.

Carrying the momentum from Saturday’s exciting victory, the Fords hope to secure the top seed in the conference playoffs as well as host the conference championships.  

“We have an opportunity to clinch hosting the conference tournament on Wednesday, so all of our focus right now is on that game,” said Yarosh. “That being said, I think we all feel like we have a pretty special group this year, so we definitely have hopes to win a conference championship and more in the coming weeks.”

The Fords will face Ursinus on Wednesday and then end regular season play with a home game against Swarthmore this Saturday.

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