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Franciscan soccer teams hit the road

September 26, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

GREENSBURG, Pa. - The Franciscan University of Steubenville women's and men's soccer teams hit the road Tuesday at the University of Pitt-Greensburg, with the women finishing in a 1-1 draw and the Barons men losing 4-1.

This is the fourth game the Lady Barons have taken to overtime and the second time they have played to double overtime this season.

"We had an outstanding all-around performance from the team today and were very happy to keep it tied and not let any more goals through," Lady Baron head coach Johann Marin said. "It was a good team effort, however, we would like to avoid these late starts in the future."

The only FUS goal came off the left foot of sophomore standout Ashley Ruttencutter. A little over five minutes into the second half, the Indian Creek graduate cut through Greensburg's defense and from her sweet spot outside the 18 and crossed the ball into the goal.

"We were not going to let this team get away from us because we were matching them player for player," Marin said. "We decided we needed to step up and take advantage of the opportunity we were given to come back."

Starting goalie Lauren Koath was out with an injury second string goalkeeper Mallory Garthwaite stepped in. Garthwaite, who has been playing defense for the past few games, stepped up to take charge in the goal during this game to have five saves and only allow one ball to past her.

"These girls are working hard and pushing through every game," Marin said. "And the girls who are injured are continuing to fight to get back and very eager to play again. These girls have an amazing spirit and foster a love for one another that propels them forward."

The Lady Barons are 2-6-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The team visits Washington and Jefferson at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The Greesnburg men scored a goal in the third minute of play. The Barons answered, though, when Steubenville Catholic Central graduate Peter Herrmann tied the score at one. Greensburg retaliated shortly after and made the score 2-1 and that is where it stayed for 42 minutes of play.

Two well-placed shots for the Bobcats late in the second half, however, finished off chances for a Baron victory.

"It was a fairly even game with a couple of mistakes on our part near the end of the second half which resulted in goals three and four to Greensburg," Rogers said. "Aside from those two critical turnovers, we had a much better offensive performance than ever before."

This was due, in part, to former defender Herrmann's transition to center-forward, which led to the team's lone goal on the night, a header off a cross-assist by midfielder Jace Vansteenburg.

"Peter did a very nice job of creating space on offense. He will continue to play in that position," Rogers said.

Rogers said that defenders John Herrmann and Evan Olsen also played a critical part in Baron defense, marking fast opponents and denying Pitt-Greensburg access to the center of the defensive third.

"Overall, we played better in both phases, offense and defense. We're starting to get people used to playing in certain positions, and that's resulting in much more coordinated movements and communication with each other," Rogers said, "In order to win, we have to make teams work much harder to score."

The team visits Washington and Jefferson College at 7 p.m. Thursday.

 
 

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