TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin College men's soccer team headed east to open a two-match road trip on Wednesday (Oct. 17) night against the second-place team in the HCAC in the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers.
The Grizzlies (3-12, 1-5 HCAC) battled hard against the Engineers (8-5-1, 5-1 HCAC) but came up just short in their bid to snap a three-match slide, falling to the Engineers 1-0.
The game's lone goal came in the 27th minute when the Engineers' Michael Simmons potted an unassisted tally on the hosts' fourth shot of the match. The Grizzlies' bid for the tying goal in the 32nd minute came up just short when Trey Floyd was denied by Pascal Schlee. Rose nearly made it a two-score game right before the half, but a heads-up play by the Grizzly defense kept a Charles Lynch shot out of the net and the deficit remained at one.
Franklin nearly drew even in the 56th minute but Matt Powell's attempt was turned aside. Luke Oliver had the Grizzlies' final scoring chance of the night in the 76th minute, but his bid was turned aside.
Shot attempts were 12-4 in favor of the Engineers with Rose also holding a 4-3 edge in shots on goal. Elliott Clark turned aside two shots for the Grizzlies in net.
Franklin will play their final road match of the season on Saturday (Oct. 20) afternoon, when they head to Richmond, Ind. to take on the Earlham Quakers. Kick-off is set for approximately 3:30 p.m.