LEXINGTON, Va.- The Randolph men's soccer team knew they were in for a battle with #6 Franklin and Marshall on Saturday afternoon. The WildCats and Diplomats dueled for over 103 minutes of game time and it was F&M that came away the victors with a 2-1 double overtime win at Washington and Lee's Watt Field.
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half. The WildCats had a good look at a goal less than two minutes in as Adam Watson's (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) header was saved by Franklin and Marshall's Sebastian Jenkins. Another header, this time by Frankie DiOrio (Bristow, Va./Patriot) in the in the 32nd minute was denied by Jenkins. The Diplomats held a 5-3 shot advantage in the frame.
In the second half, F&M got on the board just over three minutes in. Jason Tonelli got the ball in the center of the box and shot in the lower corner of the net past WildCat goalkeeper Erick Cortez-Martinez (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Forsyth) for the 1-0 lead.
Unlike the first period, Randolph controlled the second frame with a 6-3 shot lead but could not find pay dirt. The 'Cats were finally able to break through at 79:13 when Jonathon Powell (Fort Defiance, Va./Fort Defiance) took three dribbles past the F&M defense and shot into the lower corner of the net to knot the game at 1-1.
The Diplomats outshot the WildCats by a combined 5-1 in both overtimes. Cortez-Martinez was able to stop one at101:03. Franklin and Marshall was granted a corner at 103:11 and Ryan Corr's diving header got past Cortez-Martinez for the game-winner.
Cortez-Martinez and Jenkins both finished with three saves each on the afternoon. F&M had five shots on goal to Randolph's four.
Total shots were in the Diplomats' favor 13-10. F&M had a 9-7 edge in corner kicks.
Randolph returns to Watt Field tomorrow to face Emory. Game time is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.