Score: Franklin 0 | Rose-Hulman 1
Records: Franklin 1-15, 0-8 HCAC | Rose-Hulman 12-4-1, 7-1 HCAC
Location: Faught Stadium | Franklin, Ind.
FRANKLIN, Ind. – After spending the last two weeks on the road, the Franklin College men's soccer team returned to action at home on Wednesday night, hosting one of the top teams in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) in Rose-Hulman.
The Grizzlies' defense was brilliant against one of the three teams tied for first in the league, limiting the Fightin' Engineers' scoring chances. But the Grizzlies would come up short, falling victim to a late penalty kick goal in a 1-0 loss to their long-time rival.
Franklin kept the dangerous Rose-Hulman attack in check in the first half, holding the visitors to just four shot attempts and two shots on goal, both of which were handled by FC goalkeeper Trevor Byrd.
The Grizzlies kept the Engineers off the board until the 86th minute, when Franklin was called for a hand ball in their own box that resulted in a penalty kick. Rose-Hulman's Austin Webb broke the Franklin faithful's heart, sticking his attempt into the bottom left hand corner for the go-ahead tally.
Byrd finished the night with four saves for the Grizzlies. Shots on the night were 15-1 in favor of the Engineers.
The Grizzlies' 2017 season comes to an end on Saturday night, when the Grizzlies welcome Anderson University to town as part of the homecoming festivities. Kickoff from Faught Stadium is set for approximately 8:00 p.m.