(Defiance, OH) The Defiance College Women’s Soccer Team opened up their conference season against a tough Franklin opponent this past weekend. Franklin came into the game against the Yellow Jackets with a record of 5-3, while our Ladies had a record of 1-7 coming in. As stated in previous articles, the Jackets had extremely high hopes for this season, and this game was a great test to start off the conference season.
As most coaches say, every team starts off 0-0 once conference starts. Every team has a clean slate, and this is the time that matters. DCWS came out playing like this, putting together an incredible first half. The ladies were able to put 6 shots on goal, along with other shots that were near the goal, and putting together great runs throughout the half.
DCWS could not find the back of the net in the first half though. The lady Grizzlies did find the back of the net only once in the first half though, with a goal coming in the 32nd minute. The well played first half had DCWS fired up going into the second half, but Franklin struck first, and struck quickly.
Franklin was able to find the back of the net within 25 seconds of the start of the second half, bobbing and weaving in between defenders before bolting one past a diving keeper. They were able to add on another goal 3 minutes later.
Defiance was not out yet though, while they answered with a goal of their own from freshman Taylor Deppert in the 54th minute. She was able to get on a break away, and shoot it past a jumping keeper. This was Deppert’s first goal of her college career, congratulations Taylor!
This did not phase Franklin though, as they were able answer with 4 more, one in the 71st, 83rd, 85th, and 89th. After the game, we were able to catch up with sophomore defender Lauren Perry. She had this to say, “The Franklin game didn’t go as planned for the start of our conference season, but the way we played in the first half of the game really made me excited for the rest of conference play. We need to keep moving forward, going game by game.”
Next, Defiance takes on the rival Bluffton Beavers at Bluffton on Wednesday, October 4th at 3:30 PM. As always, if you see a DCWS player, do not be afraid to say good luck, and show your support. Go Jackets!
Written by Zac Bires