Men’s Soccer Nets First Win over Ranked Opponent
Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College men's soccer team recorded four firsts in Wednesday's 1-0 home victory over No. 23-ranked DePauw University at Faught Stadium.
The Grizzlies recorded their first victory in program history over a nationally ranked opponent. The team earned its first triumph over DePauw. Wednesday's victory also marked the first win of the 2014 season and first goal of the fall campaign.
"Everybody on the team had to work together to get the result," said Head Men's Soccer Coach Shaun Mahoney. "I cannot find one guy that played in this match that did not give us everything that he had. That is what it takes to beat good teams. DePauw is a very good team. They are a great program. I could not be more pleased with the guys. We now have to build off of this."
The two teams battled to a scoreless draw in the opening 45 minutes. Franklin (1-1) took advantage of its only shot in the second half to score the match's lone goal.
The hosts countered a DePauw attack with an odd-man rush in the 60th minute. Sophomore Antonio Gioe (Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville) was on the receiving end of an assisting pass from junior Austin Fundenberger (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central). Gioe scored after DePauw's goalkeeper had been drawn away from the goal on the play.
"This is a big win for us. We needed this," said Gioe. "We countered and got numbers in our favor for the goal. I told Austin to fight through traffic and it would lead to a goal. I was able to finish the chance."
DePauw (1-2) attempted to square the match, but Franklin junior goalkeeper Cody Chapman (Vincennes, Ind./Washington) made three saves in the second half to record the shutout. Overall, Chapman had seven saves.
The Tigers held a 14-3 shot advantage a 6-1 edge in corner kicks for the match.
Senior Immanuel Jones (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike), Gioe, and Fundenberger each had one shot for the victors.
Franklin returns to action when it hosts the Daniel Schuetz Community Classic on September 6-7 from Faught Stadium. The Grizzlies battle the University of Mount Union on Saturday at 6 p.m. before facing Trine University on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Live statistics of all matches and video of the Franklin matches will be available at www.franklingrizzlies.com. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).