NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Playing under harsh weather conditions and soggy playing surface at Good Field, the Franklin College women's soccer team battled the elements to pick up a 3-1 win over Manchester University on Wednesday (Oct. 10) afternoon.
The Grizzlies (6-6-1, 3-1) scored two goals six minutes apart in the first half to set the tone for their second straight win. Jalynn Gorman, Emma Foley and Maddie Fleet potted goals for the Grizzlies as Franklin finished the match with a 27-8 edge in shot attempts.
Franklin controlled the pace of play right from the jump, firing off five shots in the opening 10 minutes. The Grizzlies nearly took the lead in the 24th minute, but Lauren Schuld was denied by the crossbar to keep things scoreless. Things wouldn't stay that way for long, as Gorman broke the tie in the 30th minute, taking a pass from Fleet and depositing the ball in the net for her seventh goal of the year.
A little more than five minutes later, the Grizzlies doubled their lead when Gorman fought off a pair of Manchester defenders before feeding a wide-open Foley in the middle of the field. The Madison, Ind.-native made no mistake with her shot, sliding it into the bottom right corner for her first career goal.
The score held until the 69th minute, when the Grizzlies used a combination of skill and precision to add an insurance marker. Taylor McDaniel forced a turnover in the Manchester end, sending the ball to Samantha Stone who found Fleet in the box. The senior uncorked a shot with her left foot that curled into the top left corner for her 16th of the year.
Manchester got on the board in the 76th minute, but the Franklin defense held the Spartans to just two shot attempts the rest of the way.
Fleet was a force on the attack, leading the Grizzlies with 13 shot attempts and four shots on goal. Nine Grizzly attempts were on target to four for the Spartans. Lexi Short made three saves in goal for Franklin, improving her record to 6-6-1 between the pipes.
Franklin returns to action at home on Saturday (Oct. 13) afternoon with a meeting against the Ravens of Anderson University. Kick-off from Faught Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m.