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RECAP | Two Second Half Goals, Dominant Defensive Effort Helps Grizzlies Blank Bluffton on Homecoming

The Grizzlies celebrate after Lilly Haines' second half goal. Photo: Quinn Fitzgerald
The Grizzlies celebrate after Lilly Haines' second half goal. Photo: Quinn Fitzgerald

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin women's soccer team rallied behind a pair of second half goals to compliment a sterling defensive effort to knock off the Bluffton Beavers on homecoming night.

Freshmen Elaina Page and Lilly Haines found the back of the net in the final 45 and senior Taylor McDaniel handed out a pair of assists as the Grizzlies (2-10-1, 2-1 HCAC) dominated to the tune of a 2-0 win over the Beavers (4-8, 1-2 HCAC).

After a defensively-dominated first half that saw both teams generate five shots each, the scoring opened up in the second half, the Grizzlies pounced for the opening tally early in the second half. McDaniel controlled the ball in tight, dribbled around the Bluffton defense and found a wide-open Page, who banked a shot in off the left post for her fourth goal of the year.

The Grizzlies stayed hungry on the attack and 10 minutes later, they added an insurance goal when Haines took a McDaniel header pass and beat Bluffton keeper Sienna Sullivan from 15 yards out for her second of the year.

Franklin's defense controlled the play the rest of the way and got a little help from their keeper to keep the sheet clean. With 10 minutes to go, Frankie Hamilton re-directed a Bluffton corner kick, but senior keeper Lexi Short was able to lunge out and make the save on the Beavers' last quality chance of the night.

Shots were 10-10 with shots on target 7-4 in the Grizzlies' favor. Short collected her 21st career clean sheet and third of the season. McDaniel and Page were buzzing around the Bluffton net all night, generating three shot attempts each to lead all attackers in the match.

Franklin looks to make it back-to-back wins on Wednesday (Oct. 16) night, when they host the Manchester Spartans at Faught Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.