CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Franklin women's soccer team wrapped up a grueling five-match road trip on Thursday (Sept. 13) afternoon, taking on the Saints of Thomas More College.
The Grizzlies (2-2-1) got on the board midway through the opening half, only to see the Saints (0-5) match them early in the second half. For the third time in four matches, the Grizzlies headed to extra time before a goal by senior Maddie Fleet late in double overtime gave the Grizzlies a 2-1 win.
Franklin controlled the pace of play in the early going, but ran into a bout with bad luck as both Jalynn Gorman and Samantha Stone rang shots off the crossbar in the opening 20 minutes with another attempt from Gorman being stopped by a position player before crossing the line.
The Grizzlies' luck would change in the 27th minute, when Taylor McDaniel took a pass from Maddie Fleet and stuffed the ball into the net for the lead and her first goal of the year. Franklin took their one-goal lead into the half, out-shooting the Saints 10-2 in the opening half.
Momentum flipped sides in the second half, with Thomas More controlling the pace of play for much of the second 45. The Saints would hold a 7-2 edge in shots in the second half, drawing even on a 57th minute goal by Olivia Nienaber.
In overtime, the Saints had two quality looks at the winning goal, but were turned away by Lexi Short each time. Fleet had a look late in the first OT to win the match, but her attempt was stopped by Thomas More keeper Maddy Kim. After missing out on a chance to win the game in OT, Fleet brought the contest to an end in the 108th minute with her third goal of the year, giving Franklin a dramatic victory.
Shots were 15-13 in favor of the Grizzlies, with both teams putting seven shots on target. Fleet led all players with seven attempts and five shots on target, while Gorman added four shots and a pair of shots on goal. Short continued her strong start to the year, stopping seven shots to improve to 2-2-1 on the year.
The Grizzlies can now turn their attention to the 2018 home opener, which takes place on Sunday (Sept. 16) afternoon against Kenyon College. Kick-off from Faught Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m.