FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin women's soccer team notched back-to-back wins for the first time this season on Wednesday (Oct. 16) night, grinding out a 1-0 win over the Manchester Spartans.
The Grizzlies (3-10-1, 3-1 HCAC) out-chanced the Spartans (0-13, 0-4 HCAC) 23-5 on the night with 14 of those attempts coming in the second half alone. But the Grizzlies had to wait until mid-way through the second half to pot the game-winner with Taylor McDaniel notching the game's only goal.
The first half saw the Grizzlies control the bulk of the possession, but the Spartans' defense was able to keep the ball out of the high-danger scoring areas. Franklin attempted nine shots in the first half with six on target, but the two sides went into the break locked in a scoreless tie.
Franklin turned up the pressure on the attack in the second half, peppering the Manchester goal with four shot attempts in the first 10 minutes of the half. The Grizzlies had a golden opportunity to go ahead in the 61st minute, when McDaniel was hauled down in the 18-yard box and Franklin was awarded a penalty shot. Madi Short was tabbed to take the kick, but her attempt floated just over the crossbar to keep things scoreless.
But the near miss didn't deter the Grizzlies and less than seven minutes later, their persistence paid off. Claire Hurley headed a loose ball to Jalynn Gorman, who nudged the ball along to a streaking McDaniel on the left wing. McDaniel got in close and poked the ball over the head of the Manchester keeper for her second tally of the year.
The rest of the game was a defensive clinic by the Grizzlies, with the hosts playing keep-away from the Spartans and limiting them to one shot over the final 20 minutes of play.
Lexi Short turned aside both Manchester shots on goal, giving her back-to-back clean sheets and 22 shutouts for her career. McDaniel, Gorman and Lilly Haines tied for the most attempts on the night with four each.
Franklin looks to make it three wins in a row on Saturday (Oct. 19) afternoon, when they hit the road to take on the Anderson Ravens. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.