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18th-ranked Colonels drop Franklin, 2-0, for first victory of the season

18th-ranked Colonels drop Franklin, 2-0, for first victory of the season

DANVILLE, Ky. – The 18th-ranked Centre College women's soccer team brought home their first winning decision of the season Wednesday, defeating visiting Franklin College, 2-0, on a chilly evening at Amend Field.

Despite dominating the attack and out-shooting the Grizzlies 31 to seven, it was a Franklin own goal in the 51st minute that proved the game-winner, pushing the home side to 1-0-1 on the young season. Franklin falls to 1-2-0 with the loss.

Senior midfielder Amber Cowell (Culver, Ind.) finally netted the goal the Colonels seemed to deserve with just 21 seconds on the clock, making it 2-0 on the final shot of the night.  

Freshman forward Abby Hegarty (Farmington Hills, Mich.), making her first career start, created Centre's first prime scoring chance after dribbling through the Franklin defense. Her shot traveled inches wide of the left post, however.

Franklin's first great look at a goal came roughly 15 minutes in, when Maddie Fleet received a useful entry pass, but put her shot just high of the crossbar. The Grizzlies' Clare Lenart found the back of the net just moments later but was offsides on the attack.

Back and forth the action went, with junior Maddy Coleman (Georgetown, Ky.) taking a shot from outside the box that forced Franklin goalie Lexi Short to extend and poke the ball over the goal.

Meghan Paynter (Danville, Ky.), Keeghan Francis (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Gracie Fitzgerald (Georgetown, Ind.) each had solid opportunities to score before the half, but the two sides remained knotted at 0-0 at the break.

Six minutes into the second half Cowell put a shot across the goal, which glanced off a Franklin defender and into the net, breaking the scoreless match.

The Colonels continued to pressure, though, putting four shots on frame in a three-minute span that all required saves by Short.

Franklin had a handful of chances down the stretch – including a corner kick with one minute on the clock – but Centre's defense held.

Cowell finally broke through on a counter attack, getting a feed from Paynter that put the icing on the victory.

The Colonels return to action this Saturday, facing John Carroll on the road at 1 p.m. ET.