FRANKLIN, Ind. – The 2019 Franklin women's soccer season kicked off on a steamy Friday (Aug. 30) afternoon. Standing across the field from the Grizzlies for their season opener were the Thunder of Trine University.
The Grizzlies (0-1) and Thunder (1-0) locked each other's offenses down for most of the night, as both sides were limited to fewer than 10 shots each. But a bad bounce off a corner kick proved to be the difference as Trine left town with a 1-0 win.
The opening half was a chess match between the two defenses, as the teams combined for just three shot attempts over the first 45 minutes. The best scoring chance came in the 19th minute when Franklin's Elaina Page was turned aside by Trine keeper Ahdrin Bordner.
Franklin came out firing to open the second half, attempting four shots in the opening 20 minutes of the half to just one for the Thunder. But the Grizzlies couldn't find the opening tally and in the 74th minute, Trine netted the game's lone goal when Veronica Ocampo's corner kick curled into the box and deflected off a Grizzly defender before finding the back of the net.
The Thunder were content to pack it in on defense the rest of the way, holding Franklin to one shot over the final 15 minutes of play.
Both teams had seven shot attempts while Franklin held a 5-2 edge in shots on goal. Seniors Jalynn Gorman and Taylor McDaniel had two attempts each to lead the Grizzlies with both of Gorman's landing on goal. Lexi Short turned aside one shot on goal for Franklin.
The Grizzlies get back at it on Sunday (Sept. 1) afternoon, hosting Concordia Wisconsin at Faught Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.