Men's Soccer Stages Second Half Comeback to Defeat Franklin

Men's Soccer Stages Second Half Comeback to Defeat Franklin

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team used a second half surge to defeat area rival Franklin on Wednesday afternoon in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action, 3-2.

The Panthers were led in the contest by sophomore Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) with two goals and six shots. As a team, Hanover finished with a game-high 22 shots, nine of which were on frame.

The Blue and Red struck first in the contest as Eppler played a ball off the post for the go-ahead Panther 1-0 advantage just 10 minutes into the contest.

Hanover was able to shut down the Grizzlies for much of the first half before a deflected ball off the Panther defense played right into the hands of the Franklin attack, tying the contest at 1-1.

The second half saw Franklin advance to the 2-1 lead following a penalty kick before sophomore Carlos Schryver (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was able to connect on a free kick in the 62nd minute from 30-yards out, knotting the contest at 2-2.

The game winning dagger came minutes later as Eppler again dealt clutch with a goal in the 73rd minute for the 3-2 victory.

The Blue and Red return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 as they place host to Earlham. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.