Final: Franklin 0 – Mt. St. Joseph 1
Records: Franklin 1-12, 0-5 HCAC | Mt. St. Joseph 5-7-3, 2-2-1 HCAC
Location: Schueler Field | Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Franklin College men's soccer team continued a four-game road swing on Saturday night, battling the Lions of Mount St. Joseph University under the lights at Schueler Field.
In an evenly-contested battle between two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) rivals, it all came down to one bounce late in the match. Unfortunately, that bounce went against the Grizzlies, allowing MSJ to escape with a 1-0 win.
The two sides traded chances in the early going, generating a pair of shots on target each in the opening 15 minutes. Mason May and Matt Powell were both denied in the opening seven minutes while Garrett Belden kept the game scoreless with a pair of saves on MSJ's Alex Gross and Joseph Glisson.
Belden came up big all night long, making four more saves before the end of the first half to keep the game scoreless. The senior goalkeeper would make six saves in the second half as well, giving him a season-high 12 stops on the night.
The game remained scoreless until the 89th minute, when disaster struck for the Grizzlies. A ball in the box ricocheted off one of the Franklin players into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Shots were 25-10 in favor of the Lions, who also held a 13-7 advantage in shots on target. May and Jordan Thomas led all Franklin attackers with a pair of shots each. Eight different Grizzlies recorded a shot attempt on the day.
Franklin continues their four-game road trip this coming Wednesday night, traveling to Louisville, Ky. for a meeting with the Transylvania Pioneers. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.