NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Franklin men's soccer team hit the road on Wednesday (Oct. 16) for the first of two straight away from home and a meeting with the Manchester Spartans.
The Grizzlies (4-11, 1-3 HCAC) fell to an aggressive first half push from the Spartans (6-7-1, 3-1 HCAC) with the home team scoring twice in the opening period on their way to a 2-0 win.
The Spartans controlled the bulk of the possession early on and on their first shot of the game, took a 1-0 lead on a Ruben Gonzalez goal in the 17th minute. The Grizzlies held the Spartans off the board until late in the first half, when Manchester turned a set piece off a corner kick into an insurance marker with 1:03 left in the half.
The Grizzlies' defense limited Manchester's chances in the second half, limiting the hosts to just five shots over the final 45 minutes. Franklin's best chance to get on the board came in the 61st minute, but Jordan Thomas' bid for his sixth goal of the year was turned aside.
Elliott Clark got the start in goal for the third game in a row, turning aside four shots on the afternoon. Corner kicks were 5-3 in the Spartans' favor with all three Grizzly corners coming in the second half.
Franklin looks to get back in the win column on Saturday (Oct. 19) afternoon, when they make another trip north to take on the Anderson Ravens. First whistle is set for approximately 3:30 p.m. following the women's match.