RICHMOND, Ind. – Powered by a Maddie Fleet hat trick, the Franklin College women's soccer team got back in the win column with a 4-1 win over Earlham College on Saturday (Oct. 20) afternoon.
The Grizzlies (8-7-1, 5-2 HCAC) scored three times in the second half to push past the Quakers (7-9, 1-6 HCAC) and maintain their spot in the top-four of the HCAC table. Lauren Schuld added her second goal of the season in support for the Grizzlies.
After dominating the possession battle early in the first half, the Grizzlies opened the scoring in the 27th minute on their 10th shot of the first half when Fleet drilled home her first goal of the afternoon. Fleet's goal was the Grizzlies final shot of the opening period, but was still enough to stake the Grizzlies to a 1-0 lead at the break.
Early in the second half, the Grizzlies doubled their lead when Schuld took a pass from Fleet and hammered home her second goal of the year just 2:58 into the final 45. Earlham responded in quick fashion with a tally in the 51st minute and nearly tied things up in the 53rd minute, but a big Lexi Short save kept the Franklin lead at one. The Quakers were just inches away from the tying marker in the 68th minute, but an Abby McCullough shot drew iron and rang off the crossbar.
Fleet put the game out of reach in the final 15 minutes, netting goals in the 78th and 85th minutes, respectively, to finish off her third hat trick of the year and give her 95 goals for her career.
Franklin held a 20-8 edge in the shot department, putting 11 shots on target to just three for the Quakers. Fleet and Taylor McDaniel each finished with five shots and three shots on goal to lead all players. Lexi Short picked up her eighth win of the year, stopping a pair of Earlham shots on goal.
The Grizzlies wrap up their road schedule next Wednesday (Oct. 24), when they travel to Lexington, Ky. to take on the Transylvania Pioneers. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.