FRANKLIN, Ind. – A season-opening five-match homestand continued for the Franklin men's soccer team on Friday (Sept. 6) night, when the Grizzlies welcomed Rockford College to Faught Stadium for a meeting under the lights.
After a hard-fought first half, the Grizzlies (0-3) fell victim to a barrage of offense from the Regents (2-2) early in the second half with Rockford claiming a 5-2 win.
Shots were 11-1 in Rockford's favor in the opening half with the Regents opening the scoring in the 30th minute. That score held through the halftime intermission, but Rockford added to it in the 47th and 53rd minutes, respectively.
Late in the game, the Grizzlies broke through when sophomore Elijah Woodring was hauled down in the box in the attacking zone, leading to a penalty kick. The Kokomo, Ind.-native made the most of his opportunity, sticking home the free kick for his first career goal. With time winding down in the game, freshman Dillon Neel netted his first career goal, burying a long-distance strike to close the scoring.
Shots were 16-13 in Rockford's favor with Franklin holding a 12-5 edge on the shot clock in the second half. Snyder led all Franklin players with four shot attempts, followed by three from Jordan Thomas.
The Grizzlies are back in action on Sunday (Sept. 8) afternoon, when they host Illinois College at Faught Stadium. Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m.