ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Franklin women's soccer team opened a two-match weekend on Friday (Sept. 7) night, taking on the Griffins of Fontbonne University.
The Grizzlies (1-0-1) fell behind early against a swarming Griffin (1-2-1) attack. But the Grizzlies would keep the score close until early in the second half, when Maddie Fleet tied things up. Regulation and two overtimes solved nothing, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Both offenses came out firing, but it was the home team that got the first tally just 6:58 in. After a pair of early shots from Lauren Schuld and Sydney Secrest were turned aside at one end, the Griffins countered and got the opening goal when Emily Cardwell knocked home a rebound for the opening tally.
The action was fast-paced for the rest of the half, but some strong goalkeeping at both ends kept the score at 1-0 heading into the break.
When the second half began, the Grizzlies swarmed the Griffins on the attack early. Rachel Hawkins and Fleet put early shots on target and the Grizzlies would earn a golden opportunity when a foul in the box resulted in a 56th minute penalty kick. Fleet stepped up and made no mistake, tying the game with her second goal of the year.
Neither team was able to find the go-ahead goal in regulation, despite the Grizzlies holding a holding a 7-5 advantage in shots during the second half. Both teams had multiple shots on goal in overtime, but neither team was able to get one past the keeper before the final horn sounded.
Final shots were 21-20 in favor of the Grizzlies, with Franklin holding an 11-9 edge in shots on target. Fleet led all attackers with eight attempts and four shots on goal. Jalynn Gorman finished the match with six shot attempts. Lexi Short made eight saves in goal for Franklin, including two massive saves in double overtime.
The Grizzlies wrap up the weekend with another match on Saturday (Sept. 8), when they take on Washington University (Mo.) in St. Louis. Kick-off is set for 5:30 p.m. eastern time.