FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women's soccer team wrapped up a three-match homestand on Wednesday (Oct. 3) night against Hanover College.
Facing off against one of the top teams in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), the Grizzlies (4-6-1, 1-1 HCAC) fought hard after falling behind the Panthers (9-1, 2-0 HCAC) early. Franklin finishes the match with the advantage on the shot clock, but were done in by a trio of second half goals as Hanover left town with a 4-2 win.
Hanover opened the scoring just 6:21 into the match, but the Grizzlies were able to gather themselves and respond by controlling the pace of play for large portions of the first half. Franklin's first quality chance came in the 12th minute when Rachel Hawkins loaded one up from 15 yards out but was turned aside by Amanda Carmosino. Right before the end of the half, Lauren Schuld had a golden chance to tie things up with a low, curling shot but Carmosino got a paw on it to keep the game scoreless.
The Panthers extended their lead just 3:30 into the second half, but the Grizzlies fought back and earned their first tally of the night in the 58th minute. Following a foul just outside the box deep in Hanover's zone, Emma Myers let go a free kick that Cayla Crawford headed home for her first tally of the year to make it a 2-1 match.
Hanover added to their lead in the 63rd minute, but Franklin would get back within a goal thanks to an incredible shot from freshman Samantha Stone. The Argos, Ind.-native lined up for a free kick from 45 yards out and let go a rocket that snuck just under the crossbar for her first career goal with just under 14 minutes to go.
But the Grizzlies couldn't cash in after that and Hanover added an insurance marker with six minutes to play, sealing their ninth straight win.
Shots were 12-10 Grizzlies with shots on goal 8-6 in Hanover's favor. Lexi Short turned aside four shots one goal for Franklin, a number matched by Carmosino at the other end.
Franklin looks to get back in the win column this coming Saturday (Oct. 6), when they head east for a meeting with the Bluffton Beavers. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.