JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin men's soccer team saw their winning streak come to an end on Tuesday (Sept. 17) night, dropping the finale of a three-match road trip to Spalding University.
The Grizzlies (2-6) trailed by a goal at the break before an opportunistic Eagles' (5-2-1) attack netted four goals in the second half to take a 5-0 win.
The two teams played an even opening half of fútbol, with shots on goal 3-2 in the Eagles' favor. But the hosts would strike first on a re-directed corner kick in the 37th minute to take the early lead. Franklin nearly drew even right before the half, but Jordan Thomas' header off a crossing feed was turned aside.
Early in the second half, the Eagles put the game out of reach with quick-strike goals in the 49th and 60th minutes, respectively. Spalding added a pair of goals in garbage time, hitting the twine of four of the 11 second half shots.
Shot attempts were 22-15 in the Eagles' favor with Franklin putting six of their shots on goal. Thomas and Austin Boyer topped all Grizzlies with three shot attempts with Boyer putting a pair of shots on target from the outside back position. Jake Hendricks got the start for Franklin, stopping four Spalding shot attempts.
Franklin returns home on Friday (Sept. 20) night for a home match with Wilmington College. Kick-off from Faught Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.