HANCOCK, Mich. – A trip north proved just what the Franklin men's soccer team needed, as the Grizzlies notched their first win of the year with a Saturday (Sept. 14) night win over the Finlandia Lions.
Seniors Tyler Majeski and Jordan Thomas scored late second half goal, putting the finishing touches on a dominant performance that saw Franklin (1-5) out-shoot the Lions (1-4-1) 20-9 and pick up a 2-0 win.
It was all Grizzlies in the early going, with Franklin recording the game's first four shots and attempt three corner kicks in the opening 20 minutes. Thomas and Jacob Thompson had the Grizzlies' best scoring chances of the half, but both were denied of a goal just 31 seconds apart and the teams headed into the locker room scoreless after 45 minutes.
The Grizzlies made some adjustments at the half and dominated over the final 45 minutes. Franklin attempted 13 second half shots to just four for the Lions, but the game remained scoreless with 20 minutes to play.
Enter Majeski, who came off the bench and found the back of the net for the first time this season and first time in three years when his 75th-minute shot put Franklin in front. The Grizzlies' offense played keep away the rest of the night and added an insurance tally in the 84th minute when Thomas buried his first goal of the year.
Both Thomas and Roberto Lara led Franklin with four shot attempts each. Thomas led all attackers with three shots on goal and was one of eight Franklin players to put an attempt on target. In goal, Jake Hendricks got the start and needed to make just two saves to record his third career clean sheet.
The Grizzlies wrap up a brief two-game road trip on Sunday (Sept. 15) evening, when they head to Chicago, Ill. to take on Illinois Tech. Kick-off is set for 5:00 p.m. eastern time.