LANCASTER, Pa. – The No. 14 Washington and Lee men's soccer team suffered its second consecutive extra-time loss on Saturday afternoon, a 2-1 double-overtime heart-breaker to Franklin & Marshall on the road.
With the game tied through regulation and the first overtime period, the Diplomats (3-0) scored in the 103rd minute when first-year defender Joshua Cagan headed a cross to sophomore forward Alex Lalovic who headed in the game-winner.
The second half began with W&L (1-2) leading Franklin & Marshall, 1-0, and that score held up until the 71st minute when the Diplomats received a throw in opportunity. Cagan took the throw and got the ball to first-year forward Kane Feudtner whose header then found first-year defender A.J. Kopacz. Kopacz took over from there and found room in the bottom left corner for the equalizer.
The Generals got on the board first in the game, courtesy of a Harry Pinkerton (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinett) goal in the 25th minute. The sophomore forward scored on the play, beating the keeper to his right, after senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence) got a rebound off a free kick and headed the ball towards Pinkerton.
Ritch led the team with five shots in the game, two on goal, and has recorded at least one point in each game to start 2018. In addition, his assist on Pinkerton's first-half score gave him four for the year and moved him into a tie for third most assists (18) in program history along with Jon Wilson '20. Ritch's assist also gave him an even 60 points for his career, two away from entering the top 10 in W&L lore.
Senior midfielder Will Hamryka (Dawsonville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian School) came in behind Ritch with four shots in the contest, one on goal. Pinkerton and senior midfielder Kevin Lencioni (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) rounded out the Generals who tallied multiple shots in the game with three and two, respectively.
The Franklin & Marshall offense was paced by Kopacz and Lalovic who both took three shots in the game, combined for three on goal, and were responsible for both Diplomat scores. Senior forward Jim Connolly led the team with four shots in the match.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Harper (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) (1-2) suffered the loss as he stopped 2-of-4 shots in the full 103:10 of action. Junior keeper Christopher Amoruso (2-0) received the win for Franklin & Marshall as he made six saves on seven shots in 103:10 in goal.
For the game, the Generals held a 17-16 shot advantage, including 17-12 in regulation, and earned 10 corner kicks to five for the Diplomats.
The Generals will return to action on Sunday afternoon when they take on York (Pa.) in a 3:00 pm road battle.
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