GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Playing their third match in a four-day span, the Franklin men's soccer team was able to fight off fatigue for their first win of the year on Tuesday (Sept. 11) night.
The Grizzlies (1-4) put together a complete team effort to nab that first victory of the year, blanking previously-unbeaten DePauw (3-1), 1-0.
"We defended as a team and we went forward together and we knew that's how we were going to win," Head coach Cody Graman said after the match. "DePauw is a very good team. They're very organized and they play together, and we knew we had to match their physicality and intensity if we were going to win. Credit to our guys because that's exactly what we did for 90 minutes."
The Grizzlies controlled the pace of play in the early going, registering one shot on goal and a pair of corner kicks. Momentum would shift to the other end of the field, but Franklin goalkeeper Jake Hendricks kept the Tigers off the board with a trio of saves over a five-minute stretch.
Feeding off that momentum, the Grizzlies struck for the game's lone goal in the 30th minute. Mason May approached the box before sending a touch pass toward the pack post, where junior Jordan Thomas was waiting to tap the ball in for his first goal of the year.
For the final 60 minutes, the Grizzlies buckled down defensively, keeping the Tigers to the outside and limiting any high-percentage attempts. Each time the hosts were able to get an attempt through, Hendricks was there to soak up the shot. Over the final eight minutes, the Tigers did not land a shot on target.
Hendricks finished the night with six saves, earning both his first career victory and first clean sheet. Shot attempts were 12-5 in favor of the Tigers, with Trey Floyd's two shot attempts leading all FC players.
Franklin will have a few days off before heading back out on the road on Saturday (Sept. 15). The Grizzlies will take on Illinois College in the final contest of a four-match road trip. Kick-off is set for 3:00 p.m. eastern time.