Swarthmore’s second-half rally lifts Garnet to 2-1 upset against No. 5 F&M
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Freshman Wyatt McCall picked the perfect time to net the first goal of his collegiate career as his score in the 64th minute helped Swarthmore (5-0) defeat No. 5 Franklin & Marshall 2-1 on Saturday.
Sophomore Michael Stewart also scored for Swarthmore, which rallied from an early 1-0 second-half deficit to pull off the road upset of the Diplomats (5-1).
Swarthmore has now won its last five matches against nationally ranked opponents and 10 of its last 11 matches dating back to 2007.
The Garnet fell behind 1-0 early in the second half when F&M's Sam Lane put the home side on top with his diving header goal in the 49th minute of play. The deficit would be short-lived however, as Stewart answered less than four minutes later with his team-leading fourth goal of the season, leveling the score at 1-1.
Now with all of the momentum on its side, the Garnet pulled ahead for good just 11 minutes later, getting the game-winner from an unlikely source. McCall, who had yet to record a shot on the season, dribbled down the left flank, fired a low shot towards the far post that found the back of the net, putting Swarthmore ahead 2-1.
With the lead, the Garnet relied on its defense in the final 25 minutes to secure the upset victory. Needing a goal to tie, the Diplomats' potent offense could only manage just one shot in the game's final 25 minutes.
Junior Peter Maxted made one save in goal for the Garnet.