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RECAP | Short's Strong Afternoon not Enough Against Falcons

Franklin goalkeeper Lexi Short. Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans
Franklin goalkeeper Lexi Short. Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women's soccer team wrapped up their opening weekend of competition on Sunday (Sept. 1) afternoon, taking on Concordia Wisconsin at Faught Stadium.

Senior goalkeeper Lexi Short turned in a strong performance in goal for the Grizzlies (0-2), stopping seven Concordia (1-0) shots on the afternoon. But the Falcons were able to ride two first half tallies and a smothering defense to a 2-0 road win.

Both sides traded set piece opportunities in the opening 10 minutes of play, but the defense was able to shut each down. But two goals less than five minutes apart by Concordia's Karoline Hauglund staked the Falcons to a multi-goal lead just 21 minutes into the contest.

Short continued her strong play into the second half, turning aside all five Falcon shots in the second half. Her best stop of the day came in the 66th minute, when he laid out for a fingertip save on Selena Esten.

Franklin generated the bulk of their scoring chances in the final 15 minutes of the game, but each time their attempts were turned back or sailed wide of the cage. Final shot attempts were 12-5 in favor of the Falcons with shots on goal 9-1, advantage Falcons. Taylor McDaniel led Franklin with three shot attempts.

The Grizzlies hit the road for the first time this year next weekend, traveling to Bloomington, Ill. for a pair of neutral site games. First up is a meeting with Wisconsin-La Crosse on Friday, Sept. 6 with kick-off set for 8:00 p.m. eastern time.