ANDERSON, Ind. – The Franklin women's soccer team faced a tall test on Saturday (Oct. 19) afternoon, taking on regionally-ranked Anderson University in search of their fourth league win of the year.
The Grizzlies (4-10-1, 4-1 HCAC) knocked the Ravens (3-1-1) from the HCAC unbeaten ranks, capitalizing on a second half goal to earn a 1-0 win over their in-state rival and vault the Ravens in the league standings.
The opening 45 minutes saw the Ravens control the possession and the advantage on the shot clock to the tune of 11-1. But only three of those Anderson shots were on target and Franklin senior keeper Lexi Short was there to soak up each chance to keep things scoreless at the break.
Short was on-point early in the second half, stopping a 59th-minute bid from the Ravens' Tori Baver. Less than 10 minutes later, the Grizzlies got the go-ahead goal when Jalynn Gorman took a Taylor McDaniel pass on the back post and deposited the ball into a yawning cage in the 67th minute.
The Franklin defense closed out the win with a strong performance, blocking or forcing four of the final five AU shots wide of the net ahead of the final horn. Short was called on to make one final stop, turning aside a 79th-minute shot to close out Franklin's third straight shutout victory. The Avon, Ind.-native made five stops to earn the clean sheet, the 22nd of her career and fifth of the season.
With her assist on Gorman's goal, McDaniel has points in each of the Grizzlies' last five games, setting a new career-best streak. Gorman sits second on the team with three goals on the year, scoring her third career game-winner on Saturday.
Next up for the Grizzlies is a trip to Terre Haute, Ind. on Wednesday (Oct. 23) night for a meeting with the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers. Kick-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.