HANOVER, Ind. – The Franklin men's soccer team hit the road for their first conference road match of the season on Wednesday (Oct. 3) afternoon, taking on the Hanover Panthers.
The Grizzlies (2-9, 0-2 HCAC) were swarmed by the Panthers (5-5, 2-0 HCAC) in the opening half with the hosts netting a trio of goals and taking 24 shot attempts. Freshman goalkeeper Jake Hendricks was stellar in the cage, turning aside a season-high 19 shots on the day, but the Grizzlies could only manage a second half goal from Sam Stallsmith in a 3-1 defeat.
The opening 45 featured an offensive barrage from the Panthers that led to 24 first half shot attempts and goals in the 18th, 20th and 43rd minutes respectively. Hendricks was brilliant in net, turning aside 10 shots before the end of the opening half, hitting double-digit saves for the first time in his career.
Hendricks kept the deficit at three until the 73rd minute, when Sam Stallsmith led a rocket go from 18 yards out that hit the twine and brought the Grizzlies within a pair of goal. But it ended up being the last scoring chance of the day for the Grizzlies as Hanover held FC off the shot clock for the final 17 minutes.
Franklin looks for their first conference win of the year on Saturday (Oct. 6), when they head east to take on the Bluffton Beavers. Kick-off from Ohio is set for approximately 3:30 p.m.