CRAWFORDSVILLE, IND. -- After a narrow loss yesterday, the Trine University men's soccer team rebounded with a 3-0 win against Franklin College in a neutral site matchup in Crawfordsville, Ind.
The Thunder outshot the Grizzlies, 20-2, in the game, including 11-0 in the first half. Trine (3-1) broke the stalemate at the 11:36 mark when sophomore Jonathan Slone (Troy, Ohio/Troy Christian) scored the first goal of the game with an assist from fellow sophomore Connor Hanaway (Peru, Ind./North Miami).
Near the end of the period, the Thunder struck again when senior Ben Moricz (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season during the 33rd minute to increase the margin to 2-0. Sophomore Nooh Aljabaly (Coldwater, Mich./Coldwater) added to his season point total with an assist on the Moricz goal.
The Moricz goal would be the final of the half as Trine went into the break with a two-goal advantage, 2-0.
The lead remained a pair of goals until late in the second half when Trine added an insurance goal as senior J.T. Plavchak (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) got a shot past the Franklin goalkeeper at the 78:51 mark. Senior Kyle Wainscott (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) was credited with the assist as the Thunder went on to claim the 3-0 shutout.
Freshman Taylor Medina (Mill Creek, Ind./Rochester) played the entire game at goalkeeper for Trine and allowed no goals to pick up the win.
Trine will resume its schedule on Thursday, Sept. 13 when it hosts Earlham College in a non-conference game at Weaver Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.