STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University of Steubenville's women's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with visiting Ohio Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon.
It was the third overtime game in seven outings (2-4-1) for the Lady Barons, who dropped the other two extra-session contests.
"The ladies played a genuinely outstanding game today," said FUS head coach Johann Marin. "They played maturely and were composed throughout the game. They played for each other in a very sacrificial manner."
FUS SOCCER — Sophomore Katie Roemer scored the lone goal for the Lady Barons in their 1-1 tie with Ohio Wesleyan Saturday.
-- Jacob Baugher
"What made the difference in this game compared to our other games is that the girls worked at the same level in the last 20 minutes of overtime play as they did at the beginning of the game," said Lady Baron assistant coach Clare Smith.
Sophomore Katherine Roemer scored the first goal in the 10th minute unassisted.
"The team has improved in all the games we have played and that's all I can ask as a coach," Marin said. "Their hard work is starting to bear fruits because of their consistent improvement."
Goalkeeper and captain Lauren Koath really had to work during today's game. She made 14 saves, several of which required her to stretch and dive. A key save from Koath came with 15 seconds left in regulation time she had to jump up to knock the ball out over the goal and give the team a chance to win in overtime.
"Today goes to the defense because I can't do what I do without them," Koath said. "They stepped up big today. This game was a really good confidence builder for us but we are still looking for that win. We are especially excited to get into conference play."
The defense especially displayed the amount of working together needed to stop Ohio Wesleyan by holding them to one goal. Smith also commented that the midfielders stepped up for the team and transitioned to help the defenders out when they were getting overwhelmed.
"Today's opponent was very skilled and we rose to the occasion," Marin said. "This is the exact kind of preparation we are looking for to get us ready for conference games."
The team continues to play patiently and trust in each other to work as one unit.
"I credit the amount of chemistry we have to our faith. We are committed to pushing each other to be our best on and off the field and if it's not the sacrifice and witness of Christ that motivates us then nothing will," Koath said.
The Lady Barons host Geneva College at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
FUS men blanked
In its first home game of the season, the Barons men's soccer team dropped a 6-0 decision to Hiram College.
"We hold our own physically," head coach Ward Rogers said, "but we tend to get hung up on the physical side of things, which takes away from our basic technical skills." He added that while the team's technical play as a whole has improved, this game challenged their speed and ability to apply offensive pressure.
"When the other team's defense marks you as tight as Hiram did, it's hard to adequately control the ball," Rogers said.
"Evan Olsen played a tremendous game," Rogers said. "Goalkeeper Christopher McNamara also had a very nice play on a difficult penalty shot save."
As a whole, the team demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship and dedication, which was very pleasing to Rogers.
"That's just our team," Rogers said. "We play for Jesus and we try to embody that on the field. That also means that the guys don't quit. They play every minute and they're willing to put in the sacrifice both on and off the field to win."
The team (0-5) hosts Geneva College at 4 p.m. Wednesday.