FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men's soccer team took to the turf at Faught Stadium for the first time in 2018 on Tuesday (Sept. 4) night, hosting the Spalding Golden Eagles in the first of eight home matches this year.
The Grizzlies (0-2) got off to a great start, scoring in the third minute to open up an early lead. They would hold on to that lead until the dying seconds, when the Golden Eagles (3-0) netted the tying goal before taking the match in double overtime, 2-1.
Franklin opened the scoring just 2:43 into the match, when a foul in the Spalding box resulted in a penalty shot for the Grizzlies. Senior Luke Oliver was tabbed to take the free kick, and made no mistake with his shot, sticking it into the lower right corner for a 1-0 Franklin lead.
The Grizzlies held on to that lead throughout the first half thanks to some stellar goalkeeping by freshman Jake Hendricks. The Indianapolis-native made a diving stop on a re-directed ball in the ninth minute and matched that with sprawling saves in the 26th minute and one with second left in the opening half. Hendricks turned aside four shots in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half was a battled between the two defenses, as neither side conceded a quality look to the other until late, when disaster struck for the Grizzlies. With less than 10 seconds to go, Spalding lined up for a corner kick that went into the box, off the out-stretched arms of Hendricks and into the back of the net with 1.5 seconds showing on the clock.
In double overtime, the Golden Eagles turned an odd-man rush into the winning goal, with Kornell Hilliard tapping in the winning tally.
Shot attempts were 15-8 in favor of the Golden Eagles, with Oliver and Mason May leading all Franklin players with two attempts. Hendricks finished the night with six saves on eight shots on goal, while Spalding's Jude Louis stopped one shot on the night.
The Grizzlies will head out on the road in search of their first win this Saturday (Sept. 8) afternoon, heading to Crawfordsville, Ind. for a neutral site contest against Fontbonne University. Kick-off is set for 2:00 p.m.