FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women's soccer team played their final non-conference tune-up of the season, welcoming the No. 15-ranked Colonels of Centre College to Faught Stadium on Wednesday (Sept. 26) night.
Franklin (3-5-1) fell into an early hole against the Colonels' (10-0) high-powered offense, conceding a pair of goals in the opening 15 minutes. Franklin battled after falling behind early, but couldn't cash in on any of their chances in a 5-0 defeat.
Centre potted goals in the fourth and 15th minutes, respectively, but the Grizzlies refused to go away despite the early deficit to a national power. The Grizzlies nearly cut the lead in half in the 19th minute, but Maddie Fleet's re-direction of a crossing pass was deflected by Centre keeper Sarah Stodghill and away from the net. Franklin would generate five more shots on goal in the opening half, but headed into the break facing a 2-0 deficit.
The Colonels added two goals in the first five minutes of the second half and another late in the game, holding Franklin to just two shot attempts in the second half.
Final shot attempts were 29-8 in favor of the Colonels, with Maddie Fleet's four attempts and shots on goal leading all FC attackers. In goal, junior Lexi Short turned aside 11 shots, matching a career-high that she set earlier this year.
Franklin opens up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play on Saturday night, when they welcome Defiance College to town on homecoming night. Kick-off from Faught Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m.