DEFIANCE, Ohio – Conference play opened for the Franklin men's soccer team on Saturday (Oct. 5) afternoon with a meeting against the Defiance Yellow Jackets.
After an evenly-played first half that saw no one score, the Grizzlies (3-9, 0-1 HCAC) conceded a pair of goals to the Yellow Jackets (6-5-1, 1-0 HCAC) early in the second half. Franklin cut the deficit in half midway through the final period, but couldn't generate an equalizer in a 2-1 defeat.
Both teams generated seven attempts each in the first half with Defiance putting five of their shots on target to just two for the Grizzlies. Jake Hendricks was strong when called upon in the first half, turning aside every shot on goal to keep it scoreless through 45 minutes.
Disaster struck in the opening four minuets of the second half, with Defiance getting goals on consecutive shot attempts. Franklin's offense came alive after the two goals and in the 65th minute, sophomore Angel Tapia brought the deficit to one when he potted his first goal of the year.
The Grizzlies nearly evened up the game in the 68th minute on a set play but Jimmy Lawson's header attempt was turned away. Franklin's final attempt at an equalizer came in the final minute, but Cody Coppess' attempt sailed wide of the Defiance goal.
Shots were 18-14 in the Yellow Jackets' favor with Andrew Vidal's three attempts leading all FC attackers. Coppess, Lawson, Tapia and Roberto Lara were right behind with a pair of shot attempts. Hendricks finished the game with five stops, exiting the game in the second half in favor of Elliott Clark who stopped the only shot on goal he faced.
The Grizzlies are back at home on Wednesday (Oct. 9) night, when they welcome Hanover to Faught Stadium for a pivotal HCAC meeting. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.