Franklin, Ind. – Procuring yet another dose of late-game theatrics, the Transylvania men's soccer team pulled out a late 1-0 victory against the Franklin College Grizzlies at Faught Stadium on Wednesday evening.
With a revolving door of heroes in the clutch to choose from in 2016, the latest selection was senior Freddie Siegelman, who struck in the 77th minute of the contest for his first goal of the season.
The moment was a tremendous reward for Siegelman, one of three seniors on the Transylvania squad, and his Pioneers contingent who spent the early chapters of the game warding off continuous waves of Franklin attacks.
Transylvania improved to 4-1-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, and 9-2-3 in its overall 2016 campaign. With 13 points in the HCAC standings, the Pioneers currently sit back two points of Hanover and Rose-Hulman, who each have 15 points in conference play.
In the first half, Franklin appeared sharp and home and ready to pounce as the Grizzlies outshot the Pioneers six to two. Freshman goalkeeper Drew Grisham was gallant in goal for the Pioneers, collecting four saves in the first 14 minutes of gameplay, and five total in the first half. A key play in the early moments of the game for Grisham was a save made off a Franklin penalty kick, which kept the game level.
In the second half, offensive opportunities surfaced briefly for each team, but the Pioneers and Grizzlies bid their time, looking for the one perfect moment.
In the 77th minute, the Pioneers finally grabbed their moment; via a brilliant setup by freshman Jason Murillo, Siegelman took a pass and delivered a firm strike for the lone goal of the game.
Grisham got the win for the Pios along with his third shutout of the year, all coming in the last three games.
The Pioneers return to Lexington for their next game on Senior Day Saturday, October 22 as they face the Anderson Ravens. It also marks the final regular season home game for the Pioneers, who have three games remaining in their regular season.
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