MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Franklin College men's soccer team hit the road for the first time this year on Friday night, taking on Knox College in the opening contest of the Warrior Cup, hosted by Wisconsin-Lutheran College.
The Grizzlies (0-3) played the Prairie Fire (3-1-1) even through the majority of the first half. But a late first half goal gave Knox a lead they wouldn't relinquish, and three second half goals for the Prairie Fire put the exclamation point on a 4-0 win.
Knox turned up the offensive pressure from the opening whistle, recording the first five shots of the match. The Grizzlies' best chance of the opening stanza came in the 11th minute, but Sam Stallsmith's shot sailed wide of the cage.
Franklin goalkeeper Garrett Belden turned aside each of the first three Knox shots on goal, but a crazy bounce in the Franklin zone put a ball on Erick Karkut's foot and he buried the loose ball to make it 1-0 in the 37th minute.
Knox kept the pressure on in the second half, adding insurance markers in the 54th, 66th and 72nd minutes. Final shots were 30-4 in favor of the Prairie Fire.
Under siege for the majority of the night, Belden turned in a solid performance and matched his second-most saves in a game with 11 stops on the night.
Franklin attempted three corner kicks to five for Knox. The Prairie Fire finished with 17 fouls to just eight for the Griz.
The Grizzlies will wrap up play at the Warrior Cup on Saturday afternoon, taking on host Wisconsin-Lutheran at 2:00 p.m. eastern time.