JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – On Saturday (Sept. 15) afternoon, the Franklin College men's soccer wrapped up a four-game road swing with a showdown against the Blueboys of Illinois College.
The Grizzlies (1-5) controlled the pace of play for most of the afternoon, but found themselves behind by a goal late in regulation. Franklin would get the tying marker to send the match to extra time before the Blueboys (2-4) got the winner in double overtime to take a 2-1 decision.
It was all Grizzlies in the early going with the FC attack pinning the hosts in their own zone for much of the first half. The Grizzlies attempted the first six shots of the match and held an 11-1 edge on the shot clock late, but the Blueboys would strike for the opening goal in the 41st minute and take the lead into the half.
The Grizzlies kept the pressure on in the second half, but were running out of chance late as they were still in search of the tying marker. They would get it in the 85th minute, when Cody Coppess took a pass from Trey Floyd and fired a rocket into the back of the net from 25 yards out to even things up.
In the first overtime, the Grizzlies had a couple quality chances with one coming from Mason May and the other from Jordan Thomas with 19 seconds to go that required a finger-tip save by Illinois College keeper Raul Rubalcava. It was the last look the Grizzlies had at a goal, as the Blueboys would end the game in the 103rd minute.
Shots were 20-11 in favor of the Grizzlies, who also held an 11-7 edge in shots on goal. Franklin finished the match with a 13-3 advantage in corner kicks taken, with 10 of those coming in the first half alone. Jake Hendricks finished with five saves for the Grizzlies. Mason May, Sam Stallsmith, Luke Oliver and Thomas all had three attempts each to tie for the team lead.
Franklin returns to action on Monday (Sept. 17) night, when they welcome Finlandia University to town. Kick-off from Faught Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.