WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Franklin men's soccer team wrapped up non-conference play on Tuesday (Sept. 25) night, heading east to take on the Wilmington Quakers.
The game's momentum changed midway through the first half, when a Franklin (2-7) foul in the box resulted in not only a penalty shot, but a red card against the Grizzlies. The Quakers (5-3) made the Grizzlies pay, scoring on the ensuing PK on their way to a 3-0 win.
Both sides traded scoring chances and shots on target in the early going, with both goalkeepers turning aside quality chances. The game's pivotal moment came in the 26th minute, when Franklin's Jimmy Lawson was assessed a red card on a play in the Franklin goalie box. On the ensuing penalty kick, Niklas Martensson put the Quakers in front, beating Franklin goalkeeper Jake Hendricks to the low left side.
With momentum in their favor, the Quakers added another tally less than six minutes later before tacking on an insurance goal 66th minute. Final shots were 21-6 in favor of the Quakers, with Luke Oliver's three attempts and two shots on target leading the Franklin attack.
Hendricks made a pair of saves in goal before giving way to Elliott Clark in the second half. Clark was strong in relief, stopping five of the six shots he faced.
The Grizzlies open conference play on Saturday (Sept. 29) night, when they welcome Defiance College to Faught Stadium to close out the homecoming weekend festivities. Kick-off is set for approximately 8:30 p.m.