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RECAP | Fast Start Propels Grizzlies to Seventh Straight Win

Photo courtesy of Katie Stancombe
Photo courtesy of Katie Stancombe

Final: Franklin 5 | Manchester 2
Records: Franklin 8-3 (4-0 HCAC) | Manchester 0-12 (0-4 HCAC)
Location: Faught Stadium | Franklin, Ind.

FRANKLIN – The Franklin College women's soccer team extended their winning streak to seven matches on Wednesday night with a hard-fought 5-2 win over the Manchester Spartans on a rainy night at Faught Stadium.

Taylor McDaniel potted two goals and handed out an assist to lead the Grizzlies on the scoresheet with five points. Fresh off a 10-point game last Saturday night, junior Maddie Fleet finished with a goal and two assists, extending her team-leading point total to 28 on the year.

The only remaining unbeaten team in conference play, the Grizzlies recent run of success can be attributed to the team's focus on the here and now, not what awaits them in the future.

"We're a really confident team right now and it's showing," Head coach Cristin Allen said after the game. "Our team has done a great job staying focused and taking things one day and one game at a time. We had lofty goals heading into this year and the players have done a great job staying focused and not looking ahead. We treat every game like a big game and we know we can win big games."

McDaniel wasted no time finding the back of the net, scoring her second goal of the year just 3:05 into the match. McDaniel was in on the Grizzlies' second tally of the night, assisting on Fleet's 11th goal of the year that made it 2-0 less than 14 minutes into the game.

Manchester trimmed the lead in half in the 23rd minute, but the Grizzlies re-claimed a two-goal cushion 10 minutes later when a Fleet feed connected with McDaniel for her second goal of the night. 

Fleet picked up her second assist of the night on Hannah McIntosh's 57th minute goal that made it 4-1. Jordan Nakaguchi added another insurance marker in the 71st minute, potting her second goal of the year to cap the Franklin scoring. 

The Grizzlies dominated the possession battle and on the shot clock on Wednesday night, attempting 22 shots to just seven for the Spartans. Shots on goal were 10-3 in favor of the Grizzlies.

Lexi Short was the goalie of record for the Grizzlies, improving to 8-3 on the year while playing just under 68 minutes. Jackie List made one save in relief.

Now the Grizzlies turn their attention to the team with the most wins in the HCAC, as they prepare for a meeting with the 12-2 Lions of Mount St. Joseph on Saturday evening in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m.