FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men's soccer team opened up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play under the lights on Saturday (Sept. 29) night, taking on the Defiance Yellow Jackets.
The Grizzlies (2-8, 0-1 HCAC) controlled play for the bulk of play on Saturday night, but the Yellow Jackets (4-6, 1-0 HCAC) came away with a win in a thriller, taking a 2-1 result in double overtime.
It was all Grizzlies in the earlier going, as the FC attack pinned the Yellow Jackets in their own zone for much of the opening 20 minutes. But the Grizzlies ran into some bad luck during that stretch, with Cody Coppess and Trevor Bray both ringing shots off the post and three others just missing attempts. Franklin held an 8-3 edge in shot attempts in the opening half, but headed into the break locked in a scoreless draw.
The Grizzlies nearly took the lead right at the start of the second half, but Luke Oliver's 50th minute shot was turned aside by Defiance keeper Clay Musgrave. Jake Hendricks returned the favor at the other end, making two difficult saves in the 58th minute. But the dam finally broke in the 72nd minute when Defiance's Hunter Kauffman hammered a shot into a yawning cage to put the guests ahead.
After just missing out on the tying goal in the 76th minute, Angel Tapia knotted things up in the 78th minute, burying a shot off a re-directed ball for his first collegiate goal.
The remainder of regulation and one overtime didn't decide a winner, setting the stage for double overtime. Disaster struck for the Grizzlies in the 104th minute, when a centering feed found its way onto the foot of Adam Ordel, when ripped home the game-winner.
Franklin held a 17-10 edge in shot attempts with Tapia's four attempts leading all FC players. Hendricks made five saves in net for Franklin, a number matched by Musgrave at the other end.
Conference play continues on Wednesday (Oct. 3) night, when Franklin hits the road for a meeting with the Hanover Panthers. Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m.