RECAP | Grizzlies' Season Debut Spoiled by Wabash

Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans
Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin men's soccer team opened the 2019 season under the lights at Faught Stadium on Friday (Aug. 30) night, welcoming in-state rival Wabash College to town.

The two sides put on a physical display for the fans in attendance, with each team battling all the way to the final whistle. In the end, the Grizzlies (0-1) were denied the back of the net as Wabash (1-0) used a goal midway through the first half to take a 1-0 decision.

The majority of the chances came from the Little Giants early on, with Wabash netting the game's lone goal in the 19th minute. The guests would put six more chances on net in the opening 45 minutes, but each time Franklin sophomore goalkeeper Jake Hendricks was there to turn Wabash aside.

His best effort came late in the opening half, when he made back-to-back stops in close to keep it a one score game. Franklin's top scoring chance in the first half came with less than two minutes to go in the half when Garrett Snyder's shot in tight rang off the right post.

The second half saw Franklin generate three quality scoring chances, two coming off the right foot of sophomore Roberto Lara. But each shot was sent off to the side and the Little Giants were able to run out the clock.

Hendricks turned in a stellar performance in goal for the Grizzlies, finishing with eight saves on the night. Attempts were 19-6 in favor of Wabash, with the guests also holding a 9-4 edge in shots on goal. Lara's two shots on goal led the Grizzlies while Snyder's three shot attempts were a team high.

Franklin continues a five-match home stretch on Sunday (Sept. 1), when they take to the Faught Stadium turf for a meeting with Adrian College. Kick-off is set for approximately 3:30 p.m.