Transylvania men’s soccer stages massive comeback to overpower Franklin Grizzlies

Crispin scoring

Lexington, Ky. – Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Transylvania men's soccer team scored six straight goals in the second half to claim a 6-1 victory over the Franklin College Grizzlies at Pat Deacon Stadium on Wednesday night.

The victory propels Transylvania's record to 10-6 overall and 7-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with just one match remaining in the regular season. With the loss, Franklin's record falls to 4-15 overall and 1-7 in league play.

The Grizzlies struck first with a goal in the 32nd minute when a Franklin counterattack ended with a point-blank score by Mason May.

In the second half, Transylvania responded with a ferocious offensive onslaught. The Pioneers leveled the score at 1-1 when a pass from Charlie Wend connected with Tyler Dobbs in the 54th minute who finished with the equalizing boot.

Then, Mitchell Crispin scored back-to-back goals over a two minute span to give the Pioneers control of the game at 3-1. Crispin now leads Transylvania with eight goals on the season, a mark that ranks the freshman second in the HCAC.

Over the next 20 minutes, Luc Powell and Peyton Netherton each tallied their first goals of the season as the Pioneers extended their lead over Franklin to 5-1.

The Pioneers capped off their scoring efforts in the 83rd minute when Zach Hill collected a loose ball in the Franklin penalty area and blasted it past the Grizzlies' goalkeeper, pushing the final score to 6-1.

Transylvania will wrap up regular-season play on Saturday, November 2 when the Pioneers travel to Terre Haute, Indiana, to face off against the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers. First touch between the Pioneers and the Fightin' Engineers is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Rose-Hulman Intramural Fields.

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