Franklin goalkeeper Dani Lonati did not face a single shot on goal in the Panthers’ 4-0 win over Bridgewater-Raynham in the Division 1 South quarterfinals. The semifinal was a different story, though, as her stellar play, combined with a stellar goal, elevated Franklin over Needham, 1-0, and into the finals on Tuesday night.
Needham had the first quality chance of the night in just the 4th minute as Isabel Cole looked to have the top right corner picked, but Lonati got a hand on it to turn it away. That would be Needham's only shot on goal of the half, and Franklin's first would not come until about a half hour later, but they made it count.
The Panthers earned a free kick in the 35th minute when Needham was called for a handball from just outside the penalty area. Victoria Stowell took the kick for Franklin, and she beat Rockets keeper Emily Bowers clean to the right side.
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Franklin's next game will be against Whitman-Hanson on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Braintree High School