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RECAP | Grizzlies Fall at Manchester on Wednesday

Goalkeeper Garrett Belden (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Phillips)
Goalkeeper Garrett Belden (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Phillips)

Final: Franklin 0 | Manchester 5
Records: Franklin 1-11 (0-4 HCAC) | Manchester 5-8 (1-3 HCAC)
Location: Good Field | North Manchester, Ind.

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Franklin College men's soccer team opened a four-game road trip on Wednesday afternoon, taking on the Manchester Spartans in a rain-soaked affair at Good Field.

The Grizzlies were done in by a relentless Manchester attack that scored in the opening 10 minutes and added two goals right before the half to put the game out of reach. Manchester came away with a 5-0 win, handing the Grizzlies their fourth straight defeat.

Manchester opened the scoring less than seven minutes in when Ben Niederhelman's third shot of the match found the back of the net. The Grizzlies had three separate chances to even things up midway through the half, but each time their shots didn't find the target.

Disaster struck late in the first half as the Spartans added to their lead with goals in the 37th and 43rd minutes to extend their lead. Manchester added a pair of insurance markers in the first 15 minutes of the second half to close out the scoring.

Final shot attempts were 35-12 in favor of Manchester. Luke Oliver led the Grizzlies with four attempts while Cody Coppess was the only other Grizzly with multiple attempts, finishing with two shots.

Franklin goalkeeper Garrett Belden finished with 10 saves on 15 shots on goal, his second double-digit save performance of the year. At the other end of the field, Brady Forman stopped both shots he faced on his way to a clean sheet.

The Grizzlies are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 14, when they head to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Mount St. Joseph. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.