GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Franklin women's soccer team continued their five-match road trip on Tuesday (Sept. 11) evening, taking on in-state rival DePauw University.
After a scoreless first half, the two sides engaged in an action-packed second half that saw each team exchange the lead less than 15 minutes apart. But a late DePauw (1-3) goal would send the match to overtime, and the Grizzlies (1-2-1) would concede the winning tally in the 106th minute, giving DePauw a 3-2 win.
The opening frame featured quality chances for both side, as Franklin's Maddie Fleet and Samantha Stone registered the game's first shots on goal but to no avail. The final 15 minutes of the half were controlled by the Tigers, but each of DePauw's four shots on goal before the end of the half were turned aside by Grizzly keeper Lexi Short.
The Tigers would get the opening tally less than five minutes into the second half on a goal by Sophia Silcox, but Franklin would answer immediately with goals from Jalynn Gorman and Fleet less than a minute apart to make it a 2-1 match. It was the fifth tally of the year for Gorman and Fleet's third marker of the season.
That score would hold until the 86th minute, when DePauw's Jenna McCarroll curled a corner kick just inside the right post, evening things up in the waning minutes. Franklin had a chance to re-take the lead less than a minute later when Fleet was awarded a free kick just outside that box that resulted in a DePauw red card, but her shot sailed just past the far left post and out of play.
Fleet had a golden look to end the game seconds into overtime, but a breakaway shot glanced off of DePauw goalkeeper Mia Manney and rolled just wide of the yawning cage. At the 4:52 mark of OT, DePauw's Katie Webb sent a ball in that found its way through and into the net for the winner.
Shots (21-7) and shots on target (10-5) were both in favor of DePauw. Fleet led all Franklin players with four attempts and three shots on goal, and was the only member of the team to record more than one shot attempt. In goal, Short made seven saves, giving her 27 total stops over the last three matches.
Franklin wraps up their five-match road trip on Thursday (Sept. 13) evening, heading to Crestview Hills, Ky. to take on the Thomas More Saints. Kick-off is set for 4:30 p.m. eastern time.