Final: Franklin 2 – Wisconsin-Lutheran 3
Records: Franklin 0-4 | Wisconsin-Lutheran 3-0-1
Location: Warrior Stadium – Milwaukee, Wis.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Playing in the final game of the Warrior Cup, the Franklin College men's soccer team continued their search for their first win on Saturday afternoon against host Wisconsin-Lutheran.
The Grizzlies broke a two-game scoreless drought with goals from Mason May and Jacob Thompson. But two early second half goals by the hosts proved to be the difference as the Warriors held on for a 3-2 win.
The Warriors struck for the opening marker on their first shot of the game, coming off the foot of Juan Serna in the seventh minute. That score would hold up for another 20 minutes until May brought the Grizzlies back to even. The sophomore got up to head home a Trey Floyd cross just inside the left post for his second goal of the year.
The teams remained tied going into the break, but the hosts would re-take the lead early in the second half. Wisconsin-Lutheran got the go-ahead goal in the 47th minute and added an insurance marker in the 68th minute to make it a 3-1 lead.
Franklin wouldn't go away quietly though, drawing back within a goal in the 72nd minute when Thompson slipped a Luke Oliver pass by Warrior keeper Erek Lehnen for his first career goal.
Sam Stallsmith had two quality chances to even the game right after Thompson's goal, but his attempts in the 73rd and 75th minutes were both turned aside by Lehnen.
Making his first career start between the pipes for Franklin, freshman goalkeeper Trevor Byrd turned aside six Warrior shots. At the other end, Lehnen made five saves. Shots were 23-10 in favor of Wisconsin-Lutheran. May led all Grizzly attackers with three shot attempts.
The Grizzlies will look to right the ship this coming Wednesday night when they travel to Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis for a neutral site showdown with DePauw University. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for $10 and can be purchased by clicking on the link here. Fans who pick up a ticket to see the Grizzlies and Tigers will get access to that night's Indy Eleven matchup.