Men’s Soccer’s Second-Half Rally Falls Short in Loss at Case Western

Men’s Soccer’s Second-Half Rally Falls Short in Loss at Case Western

Cleveland, Ohio - The Franklin College men's soccer team scored twice in a six-minute span but could not overcome a three-goal deficit in a 4-3 road loss at Case Western Reserve on Saturday.

The Grizzlies (2-4-1) trailed 4-1 after a goal by the hosts in the 54th minute. However, sophomore Austin Fundenberger (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) got on the scoreboard in the 63rd minute when he converted a free kick from midfield. The goal was his second of the season and cut the deficit to 4-2. Later, senior William Hilgendorf (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) scored his third goal of the season to bring the visitors within one goal, 4-3, off a Fundenberger assist in the 69th minute.

However, the Grizzlies could not find the equalizer during the final 20 minutes of the match.

Case Western (3-0-3) grabbed a 1-0 lead with a goal in the first two minutes of the match from Jacob Grindel.

Franklin's Antonio Gioe (Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville) scored on a rebound after a shot from Hilgendorf to tie the match in the 17th minute.

Case Western's Marco Patrie scored for the hosts in the 28th minute. Later in the first half, Matthew Zembas found the back of the net in the 36th minute. Grindel scored his second goal of the match in the 54th minute.

Fundenberger and Hilgendorf tied for team-high honors with four shots each. Gioe added two shots in the setback. Seven of the team's 10 shots were on goal.

Franklin returns to the pitch on Saturday, September 28 at 1 p.m. when it hosts Birmingham Southern University at Faught Stadium. The match will be the final non-conference tune up for the Grizzlies. Live statistics of the match will be available at In-game updates will also be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (