STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University of Steubenville's women's soccer team used a gutsy performance from goalkeeper Lauren Koath to fight to the end in its opening home game of the season, but fell to Muskingum University, 2-1, in overtime Sunday.
"We dominated the game," head coach Johann Marin said. "However since we did not convert our chances, the pressure of a 1-0 lead persisted for the entire game."
The Lady Barons acquired many chances for shots but it wasn't until Indian Creek graduate Ashley Ruttencutter connected with the ball from the outside to assist Edison graduate Jordan Bryley in scoring the first goal of the game in the 39th minute.
MAKING A PLAY — Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Ashley Ruttencutter makes a play during Sunday’s overtime loss to Muskingum.
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"The name of the game is goals and tonight our mistakes exceeded our goal-scoring chance conversion rate," Marin said.
In the 82nd minute, Muskingum finally got one past Koath when Hailey Dickey scored off of an assist from Noelle Kleppel to knot the score at 1-1 and send the game into overtime.
Muskingum started overtime with possession of the ball and had four breakaway opportunities in a span of just over two minutes to win the game, but Koath stopped all four shot attempts, keeping the Lady Barons alive.
Four minutes into overtime, however, Dickey took a corner kick for Muskingum and connected with the head of Edison graduate Carissa Myler who rocketed the ball to the back of the net to steal the overtime victory for the visitors.
Koath finished with 10 saves.
"We are unhappy about the loss but content with the fact that we are improving daily, we are determined for a win against Bethany on Tuesday even though it will be a tough game," Marin said. "We ask for your prayers as we move forward in faith and continue our mission of evangelization through this beautiful game."
The Lady Barons' (0-2) visit Bethany College at 7 p.m. today.