CHICAGO, Ill. – Playing their second game in a 24-hour period, the Franklin men's soccer team buckled down on Sunday (Sept. 15) to earn their second straight win, holding off Illinois Tech.
The Grizzlies (2-5) capitalized on their scoring chances and locked down the Scarlet Hawks' (2-3) attack, knocking off the hosts by a 2-1 score.
The host Scarlet Hawks came out firing, attempting the first eight shots of the contest. But Elliott Clark was stout in goal, turning aside all six shots on goal in the opening 30 minutes of play. That score held until the 34th minute, when Franklin caught a lucky bounce that led to the ice breaking goal.
Roberto Lara sent the Grizzlies' first corner kick of the day into the box and right towards one of the Illinois Tech defenders, who attempted to clear the ball away. But the clearing attempt shanked off the side of the defender's foot and popped up in the air and over Illinois Tech keeper Alex Kern's hand into the net for an own goal.
Franklin padded their lead just 50 seconds into the second half, when Jordan Thomas buried his second goal in as many games to make it a two-goal game. Austin Boyer sent a free kick into the box from 35 yards out, giving Thomas a chance to get underneath it and head it into the net for his second goal of the year.
The Scarlet Hawks got back in the game with a 62nd minute goal, cutting the deficit in half. Illinois Tech nearly drew even in the 79th minute, but Clark was there to shut the door on what proved to be the Scarlet Hawks' final shot on goal of the game.
Clark earned his first career win between the pipes, finishing with a career-high 10 saves. Shot attempts were 20-2 in the Scarlet Hawks' favor with Thomas and Lara recording shot attempts for the Grizzlies.
Franklin wraps up a three-match road trip on Tuesday (Sept. 17) night, heading to Louisville, Ky. to take on Spalding University. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.