Greencastle, Ind.- Stephanie Martin's goal early in the second half proved to be the difference in DePauw's 1-0 victory over Franklin College, Wednesday night at Reavis Stadium.
The Tigers improved to 2-4 on the year, while the Grizzlies dropped to 2-2 with the loss.
Neither team was able to find any offensive momentum in the first half, as the Tigers managed just six shots to Franklin's two. Grizzlies' goalie Kelsie Williams made four saves to keep the game scoreless entering halftime.
In the second half, DePauw jumped out early and grabbed control of the contest. Chloe Jacob drove down the sideline and delivered a pass to Martin who fired a shot into the back of the net to put the Tigers up 1-0 in the 49th minute.
DePauw had additional chances to extend their lead, the best of which occurred in the 65th minute when a trio of Tigers entered the Franklin defensive third. As the players approached the ball, Williams came out to make a save and collided with the DePauw players. Play was stopped just seconds before the Tigers would have added a second goal.
Williams was forced to exit the contest due to an injury resulting from the collision. Backup Jessica Young played the final 24 minutes keeping the DePauw lead to just one.
A scary moment interrupted play with just 1:07 left. Franklin's Jessica Silva fired a shot and immediately went down in pain with an apparent ankle injury. Silva's injury resulted in a 38 minute delay as she needed to be taken off in an ambulance.
Following the injury, the Tigers were able to close out the contest, securing their second victory of the season.
DePauw held a slight edge in shots, outshooting Franklin 8-7, while holding a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks. The Grizzlies committed 17 fouls to the Tigers' six.
Goalie Emma Cooper made two saves in DePauw's shutout victory.
The Tigers are back in action Saturday, September 20, when they open up North Coast Athletic Conference play at Hiram starting at 5:00 p.m.