FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men's soccer team wrapped up a two-game homestand on Saturday (Oct. 13) afternoon with a conference showdown against the Anderson Ravens.
Disaster struck early for the Grizzlies (3-11, 1-4 HCAC) with the Ravens (4-8-2, 1-3-1 HCAC) scoring in the opening two minutes on their way to a 6-1 win at Faught Stadium.
Anderson added a pair of goals in the 27th and a 38th minutes, respectively, to open up a three-goal lead. Right before the end of the first half, the Grizzlies found a little bit of life when Jordan Thomas scored his fifth goal of the year with five seconds to go before the break, cutting the lead to 3-1. Ian Blaze picked up his first career point with an assist on Thomas' marker.
But any momentum from the Grizzlies' late first half goal was wiped out when Anderson made it a 4-1 game just 1:05 into the second half. The Ravens added a pair of insurance markers late in the game to seal the win.
Franklin finished the night with a 21-20 edge in shot attempts, with Thomas firing a career-high eight shot attempts. Shots on goal were 12-7 in Anderson's favor with Jake Hendricks making six saves in net for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies travel to Terre Haute, Ind. on Wednesday (Oct. 17) night for a meeting with the HCAC-leading Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.