HANOVER, Ind. – The Franklin women's soccer team put the finishing touches on a five-match road trip Wednesday (Oct. 9) night, taking on Hanover College.
The Grizzlies (1-10-1, 1-1 HCAC) and Panthers (5-4-1, 2-0 HCAC) traded chances all night long, with the two sides combining for 30 shot attempts. But the Panthers converted on the final shot, scoring in overtime to take a 2-1 decision.
Both teams came out ready to attack, trading quality chances at both sides of the field in the early going. The Panthers pounced on the early lead, scoring on their second shot of the game in the ninth minute on a loose ball in the Franklin box. The Panthers nearly took a two-goal lead in the 14th minute, but Lexi Short came up huge with saves on a penalty shot and the follow-up chance to keep Franklin within a goal.
The Grizzly offense used those saves as offense to generate five shots on target the rest of the half. Lilly Haines recorded a trio of shots on goal, but the Grizzlies headed into the half facing a 1-0 deficit.
Short answered the bell once again early in the second half, stopping a 49th-minute scoring chance. On their 10th shot of the night, the Grizzlies drew even when Jalynn Gorman took a Taylor McDaniel pass and beat Hanover keeper Amanda Carmosino from just inside the 18 yard box with her second goal of the year. Both teams had looks at the go-ahead goal in regulation, but the game would remain tied after 90 minutes and extra time was needed.
Short made two big stops early in the first overtime but couldn't come up with her second save on a penalty kick in extra time, as the Panthers won the game in the 96th minute.
Shots were 17-13 in Hanover's favor with both sides putting to shots on target. Short finished with eight saves on the evening while Carmosino turned aside nine shots at the other end. Haines topped the Grizzlies with three shot attempts while Gorman, McDaniel and Elaina Page had multiple shot attempts.
The Grizzlies return home for the first time in three weeks on Saturday (Oct. 12) night for a matchup with Bluffton as part of a busy homecoming Saturday. Kick-off from Faught Stadium is set for approximately 6:00 p.m.