RECAP | Early Goal Proves Costly as Grizzlies Drop Tuesday Meeting with DePauw

Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald
Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin women's soccer team opened a three-match homestand on Tuesday (Sept. 10) night, taking on in-state rival DePauw on a steamy evening on the Faught Stadium turf.

The Grizzlies (0-4-1) fell into an early hole with the Tigers (2-2) swarming Franklin's defense on the attack. The guests were able to add a pair of insurance markers in the second half to earn a 3-0 win over the Grizzlies.

DePauw took advantage of a lucky bounce to earn the game's first goal when Shaili Kumar's foot found a loose corner kick and she was able to stick her shot into the back of the net just 6:16 in. Franklin goalkeeper Lexi Short continued her strong run between the pipes, stopping the next eight shots on goal to keep it a 1-0 game after 45 minutes.

Another tough bounce led to the second goal of the match, coming in the 55th minute when a corner DePauw corner kicked bounced off two Franklin defenders and ended up in the back of the net. The Tigers added their final goal of the contest in the 78th minute.

Short finished the night with 12 saves, giving her back-to-back double digit save totals. Taylor McDaniel, Sarah Guy and Jalynn Gorman all recorded shot attempts on the night for Franklin.

The Grizzlies look to bounce back on Sunday (Sept. 15) morning, when they welcome the Alma College Scots to Faught Stadium. Kick-off is set for 11:00 a.m.