SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – After a one-week layoff, the Franklin women's soccer team played their final non-conference match of the year on Tuesday (Oct. 1), taking on the Wittenberg Tigers.
The Grizzlies (0-9-1) kept the Tigers (4-4-2) off the scoresheet until the final 10 minutes and Franklin's last-second effort to tie the game stayed out of the net as the Tigers held on for a 1-0 victory.
Both defenses carried the play early on with just four shots attempted between the two teams in the opening 30 minutes of play. Before the end of the half, the Tigers began to generate pressure on the Franklin net, but Lexi Short was up to the task with saves in the 39th minute and another with under 30 seconds to go in the half to keep it a scoreless contest.
The Tigers continued to control the bulk of possession in the second half, but the Grizzlies were able to keep the ball out of the net as the game entered the home stretch. Disaster struck in the 80th minute, when a Wittenberg corner kick bounced around in the Franklin box before finding the back of the net. The Grizzlies' had one late chance to tie the game on a long distance shot by Elaina Page, but her attempt was turned aside just ahead of the final horn.
Short finished the night with nine saves for the Grizzlies while Page topped the team with a pair of shot attempts.
Franklin gets Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play underway on Saturday (Oct. 5) afternoon, heading to Ohio for a meeting with the Defiance Yellow Jackets. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.