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Women’s Soccer Loses High-Scoring Affair to Manchester 3-2

Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College women's soccer team scored once in each half, but it was not enough in dropping a 3-2 match to Manchester University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Tuesday evening at Faught Stadium.

The Grizzlies now stand 7-4 on the season and are 1-1 in league play. The loss snapped the team's four-match winning streak.

Franklin squared the match at 1-1 late in the first half on a goal by junior Kayla Dragstrem (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg). The goal came on a rebound effort after a shot by senior Vanessa Benham (Needham, Ind./Franklin Community) in the 34th minute.

Manchester (5-6-1, 1-1 HCAC) took a 2-1 lead on Katelyn Barta's second goal of the match in the 52nd minute. She scored in the fifth minute to give the visiting Spartans a 1-0 lead.

The Grizzlies responded on Benham's conference-leading 11th goal of the season in the 62nd minute. Dragstrem set up the scoring chance with a pass to the top of the 18-yard box.

However, Manchester's Brandy Crouse scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute.

Franklin held a 12-10 shot advantage, including a 9-2 edge in the first half. Benham had a game-high six shots, while Dragstrem added two shots.

Junior goalkeeper Christa Hendrickson (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) made three saves in the match.

Franklin returns to the pitch on Saturday, October 12 at 5 p.m. when it travels to the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.