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FUS soccer teams fall on the road

September 12, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.- The Franciscan University of Steubenville soccer teams lost Tuesday at Westminster College.

The women dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime while the men lost, 4-1.

The Lady Barons had a 2-1 lead, but the hosts scored in the 88th minute and then scored in the extra session.

"We are very upset with this loss because we knew we could win," said FUS head coach Johann Marin. "But we are improving every game and the fact that this team is doing what they are doing with so many girls out due to injury is remarkable."

The team usually made up of 22 women only had 15 women able in Tuesday's game leaving just two players on the bench.

"However, this team is not able to settle for mediocrity so we are going to rise above the struggle of not having a bench," Marin said.

"We are determined to grow from this suffering and be made stronger."

The first goal of the game came in the 42nd minute off of a cross assist from junior Katie Roemer.

Ten minutes later when sophomore standout from Ashley Ruttencutter found the back of the net unassisted with her left foot off of a deflection after a cross. Ruttencutter has scored in every game this season.

FUS held Westminster at a 2-0 score for the majority of the game but in the 62nd and 88th minutes the Titans broke their scoring drought and completed the comeback with a goal in overtime for the win.

"When the team plays as a united front they do incredible things so we need to continue to improve on that aspect of the game and move ahead to our game on Thursday," Marin said.

The Lady Barons (1-4) visit Thiel College at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Forward Bernardo Gonzalez scored the Barons' only goal as the men fell to 0-3. They take on Thiel at 3 p.m. Thursday.

"We started slow this game," said head coach Ward Rogers. "It was a very uneven first half, and we had a couple of critical turnovers that resulted in the first three goals for Westminster."

Injuries for the Barons also resulted in a few changes in the lineup. In the face of these difficulties, Rogers said that freshman midfielder John Imbimbo adjusted especially well to filling a defensive position.

With only a day to recover from Sunday's 2-1 double-overtime loss against St. Vincent, the Barons have had little time for rest or practice, according to Rogers, but he said they look forward to being back in action again on Thursday.

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