FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin men's soccer team concluded a brief two-match homestand on Saturday (Sept. 22) afternoon, taking on the Greenville Panthers in a non-conference meeting.
The Grizzlies (2-6) got a strong performance from goalkeeper Jake Hendricks, with the freshman stopping a season-high eight shots on goal, several of the highlight-reel variety. But a pair of bad bounces late in the match led to a pair of goals against as Greenville (7-1) left town with a 2-0 win.
Greenville started fast, putting three shots on target in the opening 11 minutes but Hendricks was up to the task each time. Franklin nearly got the opener in the 18th minute on the counter-attack, but Jordan Thomas' shot sailed just wide of the far left post.
The Panthers were swirling in the FC zone late in the first half and nearly opened the scoring, but Hendricks made a diving save off a missed header in the final seconds, sending the teams into the half locked in a scoreless draw.
Hendricks continued his brilliance into the second half before a bad break led to the ice-breaker. Jose Herranz hauled in a crossing feed that went off a Franklin defender's head and deposited the ball into the net with 10:25 left in the match. The Panthers added an insurance marker with less than two minutes to go to seal the win.
Shot attempts were 25-7 in favor of the Panthers and shots on target were 10-1 to Greenville. Thomas led all Franklin attackers with a pair of shot attempts.
The Grizzlies hit the road for their final non-conference match of the year on Tuesday (Sept. 25) night, heading east to take on the Wilmington Quakers. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.