FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men's soccer team opened a season-ending two-match homestand on Wednesday (Oct. 24) night, taking on one of the top teams in the league in the Transylvania Pioneers.
In a game where scoring chances were at a premium, the Grizzlies (3-14, 1-7) fell victim to a late first half Pioneers (8-4-3, 6-1-1) goal and an insurance marker in the second half that gave the visitors a 2-0 victory.
The opening 20 minutes saw just one shot attempt total before the offenses started to generate chances. Franklin had a pair of chances just 19 seconds apart in the 25th minute, but Jordan Thomas and Trevor Bray both put attempts wide of the net. The Grizzlies held the Pioneers in check until the 40th minute, when Griffin Lamb broke through for the opening tally.
Luke Oliver just missed tying the match in the 50th minute, letting a shot go that whistled just wide of the right post. Less than three minutes later, the Pioneers built on their lead when a foul in the box allowed the visitors a penalty kick that turned into the second goal of the night.
The Grizzlies generated five chances the rest of the night, but couldn't find the back of the net before the final horn.
Shots were 11-7 in favor of Transylvania with shots on goal 6-2 in Transylvania's advantage. Oliver's two shot attempts led the Grizzlies with five other players recording a shot attempt. Jake Hendricks finished with four saves in goal for the Grizzlies.
Franklin closes out the regular season on Saturday (Oct. 27) afternoon, taking on Mount St. Joseph University at Faught Stadium. Kick-off is set for approximately 3:30 p.m.