From staff reports
STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s soccer team beat visiting Hilbert College, 2-0, Saturday.
The Lady Barons are 8-5 overall and 2-2 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play.
“It was definitely a mental game because most teams we play use a different formation so that threw them off a little bit because that changes their roles and responsibilities just slightly,” head coach Clare McBane said.
Edison graduate Jordan Byrley scored the first goal and assisted the next one to Hannah Cooke.
“I thought across the board our offense played really well especially in the second half when we were getting a lot of looks on goal,” McBane said.
Freshman Suki Almeida played midfield and made a difference. Normally a forward, Almeida was moved to the wing Saturday.
“Susanna (Suki) played fantastically and really showed up to play today,” McBane said. “Honestly today was an exciting game because we put those subs in mainly for fresh feet and for their parents sake but it was exciting to see those girls playing those positions.”
FUS visits La Roche College at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Rugby team wins
PITTSBURGH – The FUS rugby team whipped host Point Park University, 73-12, on Saturday.
Senior captain Adam Smyth kick-started the team’s momentum with a try early on in the match. Sophomore Clayton Lang followed, running the ball down the field and bringing it in for an unassisted try.
Senior Connor McCaffrey scored a try along with two more from Smyth and one from junior Jonathan Rall. Sophomore Thomas Hogan brought in seven conversions. The score at the end of the first half was 54-0.
“It was a great day of rugby,” head coach Ken DeLucia said. “Everything was firing on all cylinders. You are looking at the whole team standing out today. We executed some things today that we work on every day and it paid off huge.”
FUS Man of the Match, freshman Jeff Baldwin, scored three tries.
“Jeff played stellar, lights out,” DeLucia said. “The guy has tons of skill and it showed today. From the way he was able to run in traffic, make decisions, and pass under duress. He put guys away, he scored tries, he did everything for us today.”
The Barons visit Fairmont State at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Harriers fare well
PITTSBURGH – The FUS cross country teams fared well Saturday at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. Both teams placed 13th out of 19 teams.
“Some of the new runners made great strides today,” Kuebler said. “It was a tough last mile of the course but we ran some pretty good times.”
First-year runner Leah Kaisler ran her first full race of the year and finished as the fourth best runner for the Lady Barons with a time of 22:22.7. Jack Nash, a sophomore runner for the Barons, also ran particularly strong with a time of 31:37.8, a full two minutes better than his previous personal record.
FUS will travel to Oberlin for the Intra-Regional Rumble at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Men’s soccer loses
STEUBENVILLE – Visiting Hilbert College defeated the FUS men’s soccer team, 3-1, Saturday.
The Barons’ lone goal came from sophomore forward John Imbimbo with a double assist from senior defender Peter Mooney and sophomore midfielder Edwin de St. Aubin.
“We played to possess the ball, we really like to work it around and break them down in the middle,” head coach Ward Rogers said.
“We were getting chances but the final ball eluded us.”
After a fast break down the wing, Mooney found the ball in the center of the field and passed it up to Aubin, drawing the Hawk’s goalkeeper away from the net. Aubin crossed the ball deflecting it off the keeper’s chest, where Imbimbo found it and sent it straight into the back of the net for a Baron goal.
“You always play well when you develop that many chances but when you get to these games it’s about the result,” Rogers said. “We’re still staying within our style of play and the guys are doing a great job of being disciplined and moving the ball, we just need to finish.”
The Barons visit La Roche College at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.