GAMBIER, Ohio – The Franklin College women's soccer team started a five-match road trip on Saturday (Sept. 21) afternoon, heading east for a meeting with the Ladies of Kenyon College.
The Grizzlies (0-7-1) rallied back from a pair of one-goal deficits to keep things tight with the host Ladies (3-4). But a third comeback eluded the Grizzlies as they dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision.
The Ladies came out firing but Franklin freshman goalkeeper Brianna Rogers was sharp early on, stopping the first five Kenyon shots on target. The Ladies struck for the opening tally in the 22nd minute, but Franklin had an answer shortly after courtesy of a couple freshmen. Lilly Haines put the ball right in the scoring sweet-spot for Erin Thomas, with the latter ripping a right-footed shot into the right corner of the net from 20 yards out to tie the game in the 26th minute
But Kenyon had a response of their own less than three minutes later, striking for what would be the final goal of the opening half.
Less than four minutes into the second half, Franklin drew even thanks to another slick display of passing and finishing. Freshman Elaina Page controlled the ball in the attacking territory and slipped a pass to senior Jalynn Gorman in tight. The senior striker made no mistake with her shot, chipping the ball past the Kenyon kepper to tie the game at two.
But for the third time in the match, the Ladies assumed the lead with a tally in the 62nd minute. Gorman had one late chance at an equalizer, but her 89th-minute attempt sailed wide of the cage.
Shots were 21-9 in Kenyon's favor with shots on goal 11-6, advantage Ladies. Making her first career start, Rogers turned in a solid effort with eight saves while Gorman led Franklin with five shot attempts.
The Grizzlies continue their road swing next Tuesday (Sept. 24) night, heading to Danville, Ky. to take on nationally-ranked Centre. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.