RECAP | Grizzlies Edged by Eagles in Defensive Battle

Lilly Haines (#24) and Erin Thomas. Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans
Photo courtesy of Danny Goggans

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Franklin women's soccer team packed their bags and headed west for the weekend, traveling to Neis Field on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University to take on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The Grizzlies (0-3) engaged in another defensive battle, but were denied their first win of the year as the Eagles (2-2) rode an early second half goal to a 1-0 win.

Both teams exchanged scoring chances in the opening 15 minutes, with both keepers getting into the action with early saves. Neither side was able to generate a shot on goal for the final 30 minutes of the half and the teams broke for intermission locked in a nil-nil draw.

The Eagles peppered the Franklin defense right from the start of the second half, putting the game's lone goal on the board in the 52nd minute on their fourth shot of the half. From there, both defenses took over as the teams combined for just one shot on goal the rest of the way.

Shot attempts were 17-4 in the Eagles' favor with Franklin goalkeeper Lexi Short stopping four shots on the night. Erin Thomas, Lilly Haines, Taylor McDaniel and Jalynn Gorman accounted for the Grizzlies' scoring chances on the night.

The Grizzlies close out their weekend trip with another match at Neis Field on Saturday (Sept. 7) night, when they take on Calvin College. Start time is set for 8:00 p.m. eastern time.