CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – On a wet and rainy Saturday (Sept. 8) afternoon, the Franklin men's soccer team took on Fontbonne University in the opening match of the 2018 Robbie Dreher Tournament, hosted by Wabash College.
The Grizzlies (0-3) fell victim to a three-goal first half, with the Griffins (2-2) scoring twice right before the end of the opening period. Franklin got a goal early in the second half from Cody Coppess, but couldn't find the next the rest of the way, falling to the Griffins by a 4-1 score.
Fontbonne put the Grizzlies under siege early, peppering the Grizzlies for a pair of shots in the opening five minutes. Nick Wolf broke through with the first tally of the game in the eighth minute, potting his first goal of the year.
The Grizzlies bounced back from the early goal to control the pace of play, out-shooting the Griffins 4-0 over the next 20 minutes. But Franklin couldn't generate a goal and in the 29th minute, the Griffins added to their lead with a goal off a rebound shot that hit the crossbar. Fontbonne padded the lead with a goal in the 43rd minute, heading into the break with a 3-0 advantage.
Franklin wasted no time getting on the board to start the second half, as Coppess picked up a loose ball of a blocked shot from Jordan Thomas and stuffed it into the back of the net for his second career goal. But the rally would end there, as Fontbonne kept the Grizzlies in check the rest of the way, adding an insurance goal in the final two minutes.
Shots were 18-11 in favor of the Griffins, with shots on goal 11-4 in favor of Fontbonne. Coppess and Luke Oliver tied for the team lead with shot shots on goal each and Jordan Thomas' four attempts led all Franklin attackers.
Jake Hendricks made three saves in the opening half before giving way to Elliott Clark for the second half. Making his first career appearance in goal, Clark finished with four saves in the second half.
Franklin gets right back at it on Sunday (Sept. 9), closing out the weekend tournament with a matchup against Trine University. Kick-off is set for 4:00 p.m.