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RECAP | Grizzlies Wrap Up Non-Conference Play on Thursday Night

Roberto Lara. Photo: Mark Evrard
Roberto Lara. Photo: Mark Evrard

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin men's soccer team wrapped up a grueling non-conference schedule on Thursday (Sept. 26) night, hosting St. Mary-of-the-Woods in their final preparations for conference play.

The Grizzlies (3-8) struck for two goals just 2:16 apart in the first half, but the Pomeroys (8-1) took advantage of a few strange bounces to even up the game in the second half. After 15 exciting minutes of overtime, the visitors completed the comeback with a goal off a corner kick in double overtime, resulting in a 3-2 SMWC win.

Franklin's first two shot attempts resulted in goal, the first coming in the 20th minute. After a nifty display of passing by Cody Coppess and Mason May, the latter found a streaking Garrett Snyder down the right wing. Snyder made no mistake with his shot, depositing the ball into the top right corner for his third goal of the year. 

Just a few minutes later, sophomore Roberto Lara fought for a loose ball and took off down the left side of the field. Lara let go a shot from a bad angle that snuck in just under the crossbar for his first career goal and a 2-0 Franklin lead 21:31 in.

But the bounces would begin to go against the Grizzlies less than three minutes after the second goal. Dillon Neel nearly made it a three-goal game but his attempt in the 24th minute rang off the crossbar. Less than a minute later, Jordan Thomas had a look at a wide-open net, but his shot attempt was saved at the last second by a Pomeroys defender, keeping it a two-goal game. With less than six minutes left in the half, the Pomeroys got on the board on a corner kick that ricocheted off a Franklin defender, cutting the lead in half as the teams went to intermission.

In the 65th minute, the Grizzlies had two chances to score off a corner kick, but both Jacob Thompson and Snyder were turned aside right on the doorstep. Shortly after the back-to-back chances, the game was tied on the Pomeroys' third shot on goal of the half.

After 15 entertaining minutes of extra time, the guests ended the game on a set piece on what was the 36th combined shot attempt of the night.

Jake Hendricks played well in goal for Franklin, turning aside seven shots on the night. Shots were 20-16 in the Pomeroys' favor with Snyder leading all Franklin attackers with four attempts and three shots on target.

Franklin will have eight days to rest before kicking off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play on Oct. 5. The Grizzlies head to Ohio that day to take on the Defiance Yellow Jackets with kick-off set for approximately 3:00 p.m.