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Men’s Soccer Battles to Draw in HCAC Opener

Men’s Soccer Battles to Draw in HCAC Opener

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Franklin, Ind. - Franklin College sophomore Luke Oliver scored two goals as the men's soccer team earned a 2-2 draw against Defiance College on Saturday at Faught Stadium in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener for both teams.

Defiance (3-5-2, 0-0-1 HCAC) opened the scoring in the 11th minute on a goal from Christian Meister. Three minutes later Oliver struck for the first time on the evening when he converted a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box to square the match.

The teams battled for control until the final 10 minutes. Senior Logan McNamee played a ball down the right sideline for freshman Zanawl Thang. The forward sent a pass to the far post where Oliver found the back of the net off the header. The goal gave the hosts a 2-1 advantage in the 83rd minute.

Defiance squared the contest when Nick Kleptz successfully converted a penalty kick with 25 seconds remaining in regulation. Franklin (0-5-4, 0-0-1 HCAC) attempted seven shots in the two overtime periods compared to Defiance's two shots.

In the first overtime period, freshman Conrad Bomber hit the crossbar on a free kick from just outside the box. Freshman Tyler Majeski sent a shot just over the crossbar midway through the second 10-minute overtime session.

The Grizzlies held a 24-12 shot advantage and an 8-4 edge in corner kicks in the match. Junior Austin Storm and Oliver each attempted five shots to lead Franklin. Sophomore Sam Stallsmith had three shots in the contest.

Franklin returns to action on Wednesday, October 5 at 4 p.m. when it travels to Hanover College.