Final: Franklin 1 – Westminster (Mo.) 0
Records: Franklin 3-3 | Westminster 3-3
Location: Faught Stadium – Franklin, Ind.
FRANKLIN – For the second consecutive match, defense proved to be the key for the Franklin College women's soccer team as the Grizzlies picked up another win on their home turf, this one coming over the Westminster College Blue Jays.
Franklin got a late first half goal from Maddie Fleet, but it was the defense that secured the win with a suffocating 90-minute effort in a 1-0 Grizzly win. The win moves Franklin to an even 3-3 overall and a sparkling 3-1 on the Faught Stadium turf.
Despite much of the match being a defensive battle, both team's offenses generated a high-danger chance in the opening 15 minutes. Franklin nearly took the lead less than four minutes into the game when Hannah McIntosh ripped a shot from 25 yards out that rang off the crossbar.
Westminster's best look of the night came in the 13th minute, but a low shot from Paige Townsend rang off the left post and the follow-up chance from Natalie Schulte went wide of an open cage.
The Grizzlies would control possession for the bulk of the first half, but were unable to find pay dirt with their first nine shot attempts. The tenth, however, proved to be the game-winner.
Fleet started the play by swiping the ball from a Blue Jay defender and feeding Jalynn Gorman on the right wing to start a two-on-one with the keeper. Gorman slid the ball back to Fleet, who banged it home from eight yards out for her fourth tally of the year.
That goal proved to be all the Grizzlies would need as the defense made the lead stand with a suffocating performance in the second half. The Blue Jays generated four shots on goal in the second half, but all were from the outside that were easily handled by FC goalkeeper Jackie List. The Grizzlies held their guests without a shot attempt over the final 15 minutes of action on their way to victory.
Shots were 20-13 on the night in favor of the Grizzlies. Fleet led all players with six attempts and three shots on goal. McIntosh and Taylor McDaniel recorded a season-high five shots each, with McIntosh recording four attempts in the game's opening 10 minutes.
Lexi Short stopped two shots in the first half to earn the win for the Grizzlies. Making her first career collegiate appearance, Jackie List was a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities in the second half. At the other end of the field, Sarah Cradick turned aside eight shots for the Blue Jays.
Next up for the Grizzlies is the start of a three-game road trip, which gets underway on Tuesday in Gambier, Ohio against Kenyon College. Kick-off is set for 2:00 p.m.