CINCINNATI, Ohio – Playing their final match of the year, the Franklin men's soccer team closed out 2019 on a high note, earning a comeback 2-1 win over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday (Nov. 2) night.
Trailing by a goal with 20 minutes to play, the Grizzlies (5-15, 2-7 HCAC) got goals from Jordan Thomas and Jimmy Lawson 9:14 apart, capping a second half that saw them control the possession to spoil the Lions' (3-16, 1-8 HCAC) final contest of the year.
The opening half was all Mount St. Joseph, with the Lions out-chancing Franklin 13-4 over the opening 45 minutes. The Grizzlies were able to hold the fort until the 29th minute, when Cameron Willis found the back of the net to give the Lions a 1-0 lead they would take into the break.
Less than two minutes into the second half, The Mount nearly doubled their lead on a Michael Radcliffe chance, but Jake Hendricks was able to turn that shot aside and keep the Lions' lead at one. The field would begin to tilt the other shortly after that save, with the Grizzlies attempting the next six shots.
In the 71st minute, the Grizzlies connected on a slick passing play between Mason May and Angel Tapia with the latter dishing to Thomas, who chipped the ball past the MSJ keeper for his eighth goal of the year, a new single-season high for the Whiteland, Ind.-native.
In the 80th minute, Franklin got the go-ahead marker from an unlikely source in Brownsburg, Ind.-native Lawson. The Grizzlies' starting right back took a cross-field pass from Cody Coppess and fired a missile into the cage from 40 yards out, the first career goal and point for the sophomore defender. It proved to be the final quality scoring chance of the night, as Franklin was able to hold on to win their third straight season finale.
Shots were 19-14 in the Lions' favor with May and Andrew Vidal leading the Grizzlies with three shots each. With his goal, Thomas closes his career in fourth place all-time in both goals (18) and points (41). In goal, Hendricks finished the night with four saves to each his first victory in his last six starts.
It was the final career match for Thomas, Vidal, Coppess, May and Tyler Majeski with all five members of the Grizzlies playing a major role in the victory, combining for 11 of the team's shot attempts and picking up four points on the night.