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Ruttencutter earns all-ECAC honors

December 12, 2012
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - Sophomore midfielder Ashley Ruttencutter became the first Franciscan University of Steubenville women's soccer player to make the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Star team in the south region.

The ECAC, a playoff conference that contains 182 members from over 20 athletic conferences, made Ruttencutter the only player from the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference on the team.

"Ashley is a phenomenal athlete with an unstoppable energy and an inspiring work ethic," interim head coach Clare Smith said.

Ruttencutter had a breakout season for the Lady Barons, demonstrating keen offensive instincts and a devastating shot from outside the 18-yard box. The sophomore scored 10 goals and added five assists, leading the team in both categories. She had a hand in 15 of the team's 25 total goals.

"Most offensive players mention the pressure to score in games, but for Ashley it seems as simple as an equation," Smith said.

"Give her the ball, find the sweet spot, shoot and over and over again she'll give you a goal."

Not only did Ruttencutter lead her team statistically but she also helped lead them emotionally, taking over as a captain during part of the season after a number of the Lady Barons' captains were injured.

"She proves to be a leader because she strives for perfection on the field and continues to call others to work hard through her own dedication," Smith said.

Her placement on the ECAC All-Star team adds to the list of post-season honors for Ruttencutter, who was named First Team All-Conference in the AMCC earlier this year.

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