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College soccer: Franklin beats FU men’s soccer

Finlandia Release

HANCOCK — The Finlandia University men’s soccer team suffered a tough 2-0 loss to Franklin Saturday night at McAfee Field.

“I thought we handled the game well,” said head coach Scott Chrysafidis. “We started moving the ball well after the first ten minutes. We had a couple of great scoring chances. In the second half, we started where we left off and kept moving the ball. Unfortunately, they scored a great goal on us with about 16 minutes to go. We collapsed after that goal.”

In the first half, solid defense and strong goalie play on both sides kept the game scoreless. At the 32:05 mark, freshman Akwasi Kwarteng fired a missile that Jake Hendricks managed to stop.

The Lions (1-4-1) had two great shots on target that were blocked at the last moment in the final eight minutes of the half. The second half was the same until Franklin (1-5) got a strong goal to go up 1-0 at the 74:17 mark. The Grizzlies added an insurance goal nine minutes later.

Finlandia plays at Coe, in Iowa, at 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

Lions’ women beat Lakeland

HANCOCK — It was another strong team performance as the Finlandia University women’s soccer team beat Lakeland 3-1 on Saturday morning at McAfee Field.

“We had a solid performance off of a quick turnaround,” said head coach Grace Sokolow. “We pushed through tired legs to pick up a critical win. I’m proud of the effort today. I’m looking forward to taking the momentum of two wins into a big week for us.”

Finlandia visits UW-Superior at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Michigan Tech beats Minnesota Crookston

Michigan Tech Release

CROOKSTON, Minn. — The Michigan Tech soccer team bounced back from Friday’s loss with a 2-0 win over Minnesota Crookston Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Gabby Sgambati and senior Maisy Snyder provided the goals for the Huskies (2-1-1).

“We had two nice goals today from team play,” said head coach Michelle Jacob. “We were able to hold more of the possession, which created a lot of shots and corners for us.”

Sgambati put Michigan Tech on the board in the 12th minute when she received a long ball from sophomore Stephanie Yeager. Sgambati maneuvered around the charging goalkeeper before scoring.

Michigan Tech host Purdue Northwest at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 27.

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