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Barons blanked by Geneva

September 20, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University of Steubenville men's soccer team dropped to 0-6 after a 5-0 defeat at home Wednesday at the hands of Geneva College.

The Baron's began the game with their best half of the season, but a slight break in the defensive formation in the second half opened up the opportunity for Geneva College's first goal, in the 52nd minute. From there the Golden Tornadoes took over, resulting in four more goals.

"In the first half, our passing was greatly improved in the defensive and neutral thirds of the field. We were patient and disciplined, holding possession. In the second half we panicked and were impatient, trying to force the shot," head coach Ward Rogers said.

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DEFENSE — Franciscan University of Steubenville’s John Herrmann plays defense during Wednesday’s 5-0 home loss to Geneva College.
-- Contributed/Emma Lipnicki

Rogers added that with each score for Geneva, the men began to struggle fundamentally, which led to a loss of on-field communication.

"For us to do well, we need to play with unity, to all be on the same page, but we lost that in the second half and fundamentally broke down," Rogers said, "Soccer is a 90-minute game. We played the first 45 well but need to be able to maintain that for the full ninety."

Looking forward to their first conference game on Saturday against Penn State-Behrend, Rogers said that the team will be going back over this game and will be working to play with the same intensity they had in the first half.

"Behrend will be similar to Geneva.

"We need to isolate what went wrong in the second half and improve on that for Saturday," Rogers said.

The Barons host Penn State-Behrend at home at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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