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RECAP | Grizzlies Come Out Swinging, Get Back in Win Column Against Transylvania

Photo courtesy of Renee Knight
Photo courtesy of Renee Knight

Final: Franklin 5 | Transylvania 1
Records: Franklin 9-4, 5-1 HCAC | Transylvania 5-8-2, 3-3 HCAC
Location: Faught Stadium | Franklin, Ind.

FRANKLIN – Four days after their perfect conference record was snapped, the Franklin College women's soccer bounced back as only they know how – by scoring early and often en route to a win.

The Grizzlies scored three times in the opening 12 minutes on Wednesday night and never took their foot off the gas, dropping Transylvania University, 5-1. Maddie Fleet recorded her second hat trick of the year for the Grizzlies, who also got goals from Rachel Hawkins and Clare Lenart on the night.

Defensively, the Grizzlies put on a clinic, allowing just four shots on the night, including none over the final 45 minutes of play. The Grizzlies moved back into first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) thanks to an old formula that has led to plenty of success.

"We knew didn't come out and play Franklin soccer the last game," Lenart said after the game. "We knew what we needed to do to win and we knew how we needed to play and we came out focused. Everybody did their part and we ran with the momentum we gained in the first five minutes."

The offense turned up the heat on the Pioneers' defense from the opening kick, and they hit pay dirt less than three minutes in. Lenart started the scoring play with a shot in tight that was turned aside, but a Pioneer clearing attempt ended up on the right foot of Rachel Hawkins, who buried a shot from 15 yards out for her first goal of the year.

Less than two minutes later, the Grizzlies doubled their lead when Lenart stuck a penalty kick home for her seventh of the year and second PK tally of the season.

Lenart would add an assist to her stat total in the 13th minute, sending a crossing feed into the box that Fleet poked home to make it a 3-0 Franklin lead.

Transylvania would add a goal in the 22nd minute, but couldn't break through the Franklin defense the rest of the night. Fleet would add to the lead with a pair of beautiful goals in the 55th and 85th minutes, giving her 15 for the year.

The Grizzlies finished the night with an 18-4 advantage in shot attempts. Fleet led all players with four shot attempts, each finding its way on goal. Lexi Short made a pair of saves in goal for Franklin while Haley Blackburn stopped six shots in the Transylvania net.

Franklin heads back out on the road for the first of their final two road matches of the year on Saturday, Oct. 21. The Grizzlies will do battle with Earlham College at 1:00 p.m.