FRANKLIN, Ind. – After playing their first five matches of the year away from home, the Franklin women's soccer team stepped on the turf at Faught Stadium for the first time this year on Sunday (Sept. 16) afternoon and a meeting with Kenyon College.
On a hot and humid afternoon, the Grizzlies (2-3-1) struck first early in the match, but struggled to find scoring chances the rest of the way. Kenyon (3-2-1) potted three goals in the second half, which proved to be the difference in a 4-1 decision.
Franklin wasted little time getting on the board, scoring in the 12th minute on a beautiful pass from Rachel Hawkins that Maddie Fleet poked into the bottom right corner for her fifth tally of the year. But the lead was short-lived, as less than two minutes later, Kenyon's Fallon Ravoli fired a rocket from 30 yards out into the top right corner for the tying marker.
Fleet nearly put the Grizzlies back in front in 29th and 37th minutes, but wasn't able to find the back of the twine for the go-ahead tally. Kenyon had to quality looks late in the first, but two Lexi Short saves kept the game scoreless as the teams headed into the break.
Kenyon struck for the go-ahead goal early in the second half, when Ravoli netted her second of the game in the 58th minute. The Grizzlies had several looks at the tying marker over the next 15 minutes, but couldn't find a second goal. Kenyon put the match away with two goals in the final five minutes.
The Ladies held a 20-12 advantage on the shot clock, with Fleet's eight attempts leading all players. Lexi Short finished with five saves for the Grizzlies.
Franklin will have a couple days off before their next match, which takes place on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at home against Illinois Wesleyan. Kick-off from Faught Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.