Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College women's soccer team recorded a pair of 6-0 triumphs over MacMurray College and Oberlin College this weekend to improve its record to 3-2 on the season. The Grizzlies have tallied six goals in three consecutive matches.
Senior Vanessa Benham (Needham, Ind./Franklin Community) led the offensive effort with four goals, including a hat trick in Sunday's home opener against Oberlin. She leads the team with seven goals scored – matching her 2012 season total – and has had two hat tricks.
Junior Kayla Dragstrem (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) scored the first two goals of the match against Oberlin. She also added an assist on Benham's last goal in the home triumph. Dragstrem has scored five goals for the season.
At MacMurray on Saturday, the Grizzlies held a commanding 32-1 shot advantage and scored four first-half goals. Dragstrem scored off a free kick from 30 yards away from the goal in the ninth minute. Franklin scored three goals in a three-minute span, with tallies by Benham and sophomore Marci Black (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) coming within a 20-second span.
Then, on Sunday, Dragstrem found the back of the net in the 18th minute, off Benham's corner kick, and a free kick just outside the 18-yard box in the 30th minute to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.
Franklin scored four goals in the second half, including three within a seven-minute period. Sophomore Emma Hagist (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) chipped a goal over the Oberlin goalkeeper, after a pass from junior Hayley Kemp (Avon, Ind./Avon), in the 57th minute. Benham scored the first of her three goals two minutes later.
Freshman Kelsie Williams (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) recorded her first collegiate shutout against Oberlin. She earned the victories in net during both of the weekend matches.
The Grizzlies outshot Oberlin 17-2 in the match, scoring six goals on seven shots on goal.
The team returns to the pitch on Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. when it hosts DePauw University at Faught Stadium. Live statistics of the match will be available at www.franklingrizzlies.com. In-game updates will be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).