RECAP | Clark Records Nine Stops Against Illinois College on Sunday

Elliott Clark. Photo courtesy of Angie Palmer
Elliott Clark. Photo courtesy of Angie Palmer

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin men's soccer team continued their five-match homestand on Sunday (Sept. 8) afternoon, welcoming the Illinois College Blueboys to Faught Stadium.

Sophomore goalkeeper Elliott Clark stopped nine shots for the Grizzlies (0-4) in his first start of the year, but Franklin was unable to overcome an early deficit as the Blueboys (1-2-2) took a 2-0 decision.

The Blueboys jumped out in front just 3:52 in when Nick Walter headed home a long free kick, putting Franklin in an early hole. The guests controlled play the rest of the first half, but the Grizzlies' defense refused to concede a second goal, in large part thanks to Clarks' seven first half saves.

The Grizzlies' best opportunity came early in the second half, when Jacob Thompson headed a crossing feed on goal only to be turned aside by the Blueboy keeper. Jimmy Lawson just missed the equalizer in the 65th minute, when he found a loose ball near the right post only to have his shot miss wide. It was the last chance the Grizzlies had to tie things up with Illinois College adding an insurance goal in the 88th minute.

Shots were 17-9 in the Blueboys' favor with Franklin holding a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. Thompson and Cody Coppess each had two shot attempts to lead FC attackers.

Franklin wraps up their current five-match homestand on Tuesday (Sept. 10) night, when they welcome in-state foe DePauw University to Faught Stadium for a meeting under the lights. Kick-off is set to follow the women's game before it.