Franklin’s 99th Minute Goal Lifts Men’s Soccer to Victory in Conference Opener

Credit: Lyn Hutchinson
Credit: Lyn Hutchinson

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's soccer team started the conference schedule with three points and a victory thanks to a 99th minute goal by Brian Franklin, as the Tigers defeated the Vikings of Berry College, 2-1, Saturday afternoon from Puett Field in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) opener for both teams.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (6-2-1, 1-0-0) 2, Berry (5-4-1, 0-1-0) 1
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-After being held without a shot for 12-plus minutes, Sewanee responded in the 34th minute. Ethan Dutka found Andile Tshuma for his first goal of 2019 to give Sewanee the upper hand, 1-0.

-Despite allowing the goal, the Vikings had 10 total shots, five on goal, in the first 45 minutes, but it was the home team that had the 1-0 advantage at the break.

-In the 61st minute, the Vikings evened the match with the 10th goal of the season from SAA leader Jake Williamson.

-Both teams had ample opportunities in the final 30 minutes of regulation to break the tie, but the match was forced to overtime.

-By the 95th minute, each team had a shot in the overtime period, but things changed in the 99th minute. After a Berry foul, Alpo Sipilä took the free kick and found Bryan Franklin, who entered the game nearly two minutes prior, for the game-winning goal.

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Thompson Schollaert led the Tigers with three total shots.

-Tashinga Vhumisai, Christian Kirk, Andrew Turk and Severin Velasco each had two total shots.

-James Murray (6-2-1) posted eight saves in 99 minutes.

BERRY KEY STATISTICS
-Gerard Cabera had five total shots, two on goal, and added an assist.

-Jake Williamson and Connor Davis had four shots each.

-Baker Hoyt (2-2-1) saved four shots.

UP NEXT
Sewanee will step back out of conference play Tuesday night with a match against Dalton State.