FRANKLIN, Ind. – Led by a five-point afternoon from Luke Oliver and two goals from Jordan Thomas, the Franklin College men's soccer team closed out the 2018 season on a high note with a 4-1 win over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday (Oct. 27) afternoon.
Playing in his final career game, Oliver potted two goals of his own and handed out an assist for a career-high five-point outing as Franklin (4-14, 2-7 HCAC) dominated the Lions (5-12-1, 4-5 HCAC) for 90 minutes. Mason May handed out a pair of assists for the Grizzlies, his first career multi-assist game.
Franklin opened the scoring in the 15th minute on their first shot on goal of the match. Oliver broke in down the right wing and sent a crossing feed to the back post where Thomas beat a defender to the ball and slid it into the net for an early one-goal lead.
The Grizzlies kept the pressure on, nearly extending their lead twice but May and Trey Floyd were each denied by the right post. Their hard work paid off in the 30th minute when Oliver hauled in a perfect feed from May and buried a shot for his second goal of the season and a 2-0 Grizzly lead, a score that held when the teams broke for halftime.
Oliver made it a three-goal game just 5:46 into the second half, burying another pass from May to cap off his first multi-goal game since the 2016 season. Thomas put the finishing touches on the Grizzly goal-scoring, gathering in a loose ball and hammering home his seventh goal of the year in the 57th minute.
Thomas led all players with five shot attempts and three shots on goal on the night as Franklin finished with an 18-13 edge on the shot clock. Jake Hendricks was solid in net when he was tested, making six saves to earn his fourth victory of the year.