JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – The Franklin men's soccer team bounced back in a big way on Sunday (Sept. 22) afternoon, downing MacMurray College on the road, 2-1.
Senior forward Mason May recorded his second career two-goal game against the Highlanders (1-5) and sophomore goalkeeper Jake Hendricks made a season-high 11 saves to help Franklin (3-7) improve to 3-1 in matches away from home this year.
May wasted no time at all getting the party started, scoring just 37 seconds into the game on an individual effort. That proved to be the start of a wild first half that saw both offenses open up their attack, with both sides combining for 12 shots over the final 44 minutes of the half. Hendricks was up to the task for the Grizzlies, stopping all seven first half shots to keep it a one-goal game after one half.
With 3:14 gone in the second half, May potted his second of the afternoon and eventual game-winner when he found a loose corner kick and stuck a shot into the middle of a wide-open net. The Highlanders got back within a goal in the 68th minute but would manage just one shot the rest of the afternoon, one that Hendricks stopped easily in the 86th minute.
Shots were 16-9 in the host's favor with May's three attempts and shots on goal leading all Franklin players. Franklin attempted 12 corner kicks to five for MacMurray, including seven in the second half alone.
Franklin concludes non-conference play on Thursday (Sept. 26) night, welcoming St. Mary-of-the-Woods to Faught Stadium. The opening whistle is set for 8:00 p.m.