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RECAP | Second Half Flurry Sinks Grizzlies in Louisville

RECAP | Second Half Flurry Sinks Grizzlies in Louisville

Final: Franklin 3 – Spalding 5
Records: Franklin 0-7 | Spalding 3-3
Location: Woherle Sports Complex – Louisville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Franklin College men's soccer team wrapped up a grueling five-game road swing on Monday night against the Golden Eagles of Spalding University.

The Grizzlies held a one-goal lead at the half, but an avalanche of three Spalding goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half proved to be too much to overcome as the hosts captured a 5-3 win.

Sam Stallsmith, Andrew Vidal and Jordan Thomas all potted their first goals of the year for Franklin. For Vidal and Thomas, it was also their first career goals. Luke Oliver extended his point streak to three games with assists on the first two goals of the game.

Stallsmith got the Grizzlies on the board in the 17th minute, taking a crossing pass from Oliver and burying the opening goal. Vidal extended the lead to 2-0 in the 31st minute, hammering home another cross from Oliver for his first career tally.

But the tide turned with a little more than five minutes to go in the first half when a Spalding goal would cut the Grizzly lead to 2-1 heading into the break. The Golden Eagles drew even less than five minutes into the second half and added three more goals before the end of the 76th minute.

Thomas cut the lead to a pair in the 86th minute on a penalty kick, but that was as close as the Grizzlies would get before the final horn.

Shots were 21-11 in favor of the Golden Eagles with shots on goal 15-7 in Spalding's favor. Oliver had a team-high three shots for Franklin while Mason May and Trey Floyd had a pair of attempts each.

Garrett Belden made seven saves on the night for the Grizzlies. Nick Lucas turned aside four Franklin shots at the other end of the field.

The Grizzlies return to their home turf on Sunday afternoon, when MacMurray comes to Faught Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.