Score: Franklin 5 | Earlham 2
Records: Franklin 10-4, 6-1 HCAC | Earlham 6-10, 2-5 HCAC
Location: Matlack Messer Stadium | Richmond, Ind.
RICHMOND, Ind. – Franklin College junior Maddie Fleet has been wreaking havoc on opposing defenses all year, and Saturday afternoon's performance against Earlham was no different.
Fleet recorded her second consecutive hat trick, scoring four times as the Grizzlies notched their second straight win with a 5-2 victory over the Quakers. It was also Fleet's second four-goal game of the 2017 season, giving her a conference-leading 19 tallies on the year.
The Grizzly offense swarmed the Quakers all afternoon, capitalizing for the opening goal in the seventh minute. Fleet weaved her way through the Earlham defense before firing a shot past Sari Stissi for the opening marker.
Fleet would cash in for her second goal of the day in the 23rd minute, tapping home a Taylor McDaniel feed. Less than six minutes later, the Grizzlies' lead extended to three when Abby Stayer stuck home a penalty kick, her first goal of the year.
The Quakers wouldn't generate their first shot until late in the first half, but their second shot attempt found the back of the net in the 38th minute, cutting the Franklin lead to 3-1 at the break.
Earlham would draw within a goal in the 62nd minute on a penalty kick goal of their own. The hosts nearly evened things up in the 69th minute, but Jackie List turned aside Hailey Beel's game-tying attempt.
Fleet would put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute, ripping a rocket past Stissi from deep to make it 4-2. She would cap the scoring in the 84th minute, taking a pass from Clare Lenart and ripping a shot into the top left corner.
The Grizzlies spent the bulk of Saturday afternoon's match in the Earlham end, out-shooting the Quakers 29-7 on the day. Fleet led all players with seven attempts while McDaniel had five, Lenart had four and Hannah McIntosh finished with four shots. Lexi Short made one save to earn the win while Stissi turned aside eight Franklin shots at the other end.
The Grizzlies wrap up their regular season road schedule this coming Wednesday (Oct. 25) night, traveling to Terre Haute, Ind. for a meeting with Rose-Hulman. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.