FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin women's soccer team wrapped up a brief two-match homestand on Wednesday (Sept. 19) night, taking on the Titans of Illinois Wesleyan University.
The Grizzlies (2-4-1) ran into tough luck early, conceding a trio of Titan (5-1-1) goals in the opening 23 minutes. That deficit proved to be too much for the Grizzlies to overcome, as FC dropped a 3-0 decision.
Franklin had the first quality chance of the night, when Taylor McDaniel had a look at the ice-breaker just 2:35 in but was turned aside by Titan goalkeeper Kelli McCarthy. The visitors got their three goals in short order, potting goals in the 13th, 22nd and 23rd minutes, respectively.
Facing a three-goal deficit, the Grizzlies turned up the pressure offensively, putting five shots on target before the end of the half. But each time they were turned away, and in the second half managed just one shot attempt as the Titans were able to hang on for victory.
Maddie Fleet led the Grizzlies with three shot attempts while matching Emma Myers for most shots on target with two. At the other end of the field, Franklin goalkeeper Lexi Short stopped eight Titan attempts, marking the eighth time this year the Avon, Ind.-native has turned aside at least eight shots in a game.
Franklin hits the road on Saturday (Sept. 22), heading north for a non-conference showdown with the Scots of Alma College. Kick-off from Alma, Mich. is set for 2:30 p.m.