RICHMOND, Ind. – The Franklin College men's soccer team dropped a hard-fought 1-0 match to the Earlham Quakers on Saturday afternoon in their final road contest of the season.
The Grizzlies (3-13, 1-6 HCAC) were victimized by a 71st-minute Earlham (3-11, 2-5 HCAC) goal to drop their fourth straight contest.
Both sides played it close to the vest in the opening half with the defenses limiting scoring chances at each end. The Grizzlies' first shot on goal came on Jimmy Lawson's 40th-minute attempt, but it was turned aside by Nicola Manni to preserve a scoreless tie.
The trend of the defenses controlling the play continued to open the second half before Earlham's Drew Fitzgibbon potted the go-ahead goal with just under 20 minutes to go in regulation. Elliott Clark was brilliant in goal for Franklin following the goal, keeping the deficit at one with five saves in the final 20 minutes.
Clark turned in a career afternoon in goal for the Grizzlies, turning aside a season-high 10 shots in his second straight start for the Grizzlies. Oliver led the Grizzlies with three shot attempts, followed by a pair of Jordan Thomas shots. Earlham held a 15-9 edge in shot attempts and an 11-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Franklin returns home on Wednesday (Oct. 24) for the first of two straight home matches to close out the regular season. The Grizzlies will take on Transylvania University at Faught Stadium, with kick-off set for 7:30 p.m.