FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women's soccer senior class made it a Senior Day to remember on Saturday (Oct. 26) night, with all three members playing a vital role in a 1-0 double overtime win over Earlham College.
Facing off in a constant downpour at Faught Stadium, the Grizzlies (5-11-1, 5-2 HCAC) and Quakers (7-9, 0-7 HCAC) battled the elements for nearly 103 minutes before Jalynn Gorman capped the contest with the game-winner, moving Franklin back into the top-four in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC).
Scoring chances were at a premium all afternoon, but both goalkeepers needed to be sharp early on. Senior Lexi Short turned aside the only Earlham shot on goal of the first half in the eighth minute while Earlham's Mel Johnson denied a pair of Franklin chances shortly after. Shots were 6-4 in Franklin's favor in the first half.
Both teams began to find their footing after the break, but both goalkeepers continued their brilliance as Short and Johnson matched each other save-for-save. Short stopped both Earlham shots on target while Johnson soaked up three FC attempts and the game headed to overtime with donuts showing in the score columns.
Earlham had the only shot attempt of the first overtime, which Short gobbled up for her fourth and final save of the night. Just 2:37 into double OT, Gorman brought the marathon contest to a close, finishing off a brilliant feed from fellow senior Taylor McDaniel for the golden goal and Gorman's second game-winner of the year.
Shot attempts were 13-10 in Franklin's favor with Gorman's four attempts and three shots on target leading all players. McDaniel and Elaina Page were the only other Grizzlies with multiple shot attempts and Short earned her sixth clean sheet of the year in goal.
Franklin wraps up their home schedule this coming Wednesday (Oct. 30) night, welcoming Transylvania to Faught Stadium as they aim to keep a hold on a spot in the top-four of the league table and hold off one of the teams nipping at their heels for the final spot in the conference tournament. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.