By Alex Engelbert
Heading into last Tuesday night’s matchup with Transylvania, the women’s soccer team stood poised to make up some ground in the HCAC.
Coming into the game, the Grizzlies held the third place position in the conference, a game ahead of the Pioneers. Despite the lead, Franklin knew Transylvania had a strong program.
The Grizzly defense struggled early with the Pioneers constantly threatening with offensive attacks, eventually putting one in the back of the name in the 29th minute and pulling Transylvania ahead 1-0.
The Pioneers’ momentum was short-lived.
Senior Vanessa Benham tied the contest with a goal just inside the left post in the 34th minute.
As the rain began to intensify, Franklin headed into the locker room at halftime, producing a solid effort against a great Transylvania program.
Out of the gate in the second half, the Pioneers took the lead again within ten minutes, followed by another goal minutes later, pulling Transylvania ahead 3-1.
As the final minutes of the game began to expire, the Grizzlies succeeded at keeping the Pioneers out of the goal for the rest of the game. Franklin faltered 3-1.
The Grizzlies dropped 2-2 in HCAC play as they head to Defiance on Saturday to take on the Yellow Jackets.