Barons split with Waynesburg

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s soccer team began the season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Waynesburg Friday.

“I just can’t imagine what’s going to happen during the rest of the season because of the way everything is already flowing,” standout player Ashley Ruttencutter said. “We’ve come so far in just two weeks and it’s pretty amazing.”

Ruttencutter assisted the first goal of the game. From left mid-field Ruttencutter passed to team-captain, Julia Cocozza who then crossed to Hannah Cooke who tapped it in for a 1-0 lead. In the midst of this play Cocozza suffered an injury and did not play the rest of the game.

“(Cocozza) going out was very devastating for our offensive move because she is a very talented player,” head coach Clare McBane said, “but the girls just took it, adjusted and I think they did great.”

It wasn’t until the second half when freshman Suki Almeida assisted junior transfer student Hannah Cooke for a smooth shot into the back left of the goal for her second goal of the game.

“Hannah’s goal was a shining moment,” McBane said. “She had the patience and determination that a good forward should have on a breakaway. I think it was good example of what a good forward should do on a breakaway.”

The Lady Barons visit Bethany at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The FUS men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to visiting Waynesburg Friday.

“Last year when we got down, we would abandon out game plan and individuals would try and do too much,” head coach Ward Rogers said. “These guys didn’t panic. What they tried to do is get the game under control.”

It was two long balls over the top of the defense that gave the Yellow Jackets control of the game starting in the 51st minute. Both goals started with Baron defenders playing a ball in the air a little too aggressively, leaving opposing attackers an a path to the net.

“We made a couple of mistakes going for balls that we should’ve been a little more conservative with,” Rogers said, adding that the low, setting sun made it difficult to judge how the ball was falling in the second half.

Joseph Duran brought the Barons back within one in the 68th minute. From there freshman Joseph Francis, sophomore forward John Imbimbo and Sophomore midfielder Edwin de St. Aubin gave FUS a handful of scoring opportunities but weren’t able get the tying goal.

“That’s part of this process of learning how to win. You have to set yourself up and put yourself in position to win. We did that very well,” Rogers said. “The next thing to do is to own that critical moment with you go forward and actually win the game.”

The Barons visit Geneva at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.