Men’s soccer rallies for 4-3 triumph over Franklin

Andrew Belec

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Andrew Belec's goal in the 80th minute allowed Earlham College men's soccer to complete its rally from a three-goal deficit in a 4-3 triumph over Franklin College, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash on Saturday night at Faught Stadium.

Trailing 3-0 in the second half, Earlham netted three goals in the span of just over seven minutes to knot the game at 3-3.

First year Caleb Wilgen drilled home a rebound off the post in the 60th minute, putting Earlham on the scoreboard and cutting the deficit to 3-1. Sophomore Jon Todd reduced the margin to 3-2 in the 65th minute, when he headed a ball past Franklin keeper Jake Hendricks off a corner kick service from sophomore Andrew Strozewski.

Two minutes later, Strozewski knotted the game at 3-3 with his unassisted score in the 67th minute.

The game remained deadlocked for another 13 minutes, until Belec found the game winner with 10:56 showing on the game clock.

Franklin got on the scoreboard early in the contest, thanks to goals by Jordan Thomas (7th minute) and Mason May (12th minute). Thomas added a second goal in the 39th minute, extending the Grizzlies' lead to 3-0 at the halftime intermission.

Henry Wildes got credit for the win after playing the second half in the Earlham goal and recording one save. Colin Kaurich got the start and allowed the three first-half Franklin goals, but was also credited with six saves against the Griz. Hendricks made one save over his 90 minutes in the Franklin goal. Franklin outshot Earlham, 19-14, in the contest, while the Quakers had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Earlham men's soccer improved to 3-11-2 overall, 2-5-0 HCAC, with the win, while Franklin tumbled to 4-14-0, 1-6-0 HCAC. The Quakers return home for their final two regular season games, starting with a matchup against Defiance on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 3:30 p.m. at Matlack-Messer Stadium.