STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University of Steubenville men's soccer team beat D'Youville 2-1 Saturday, winning their first game of the season on Senior Day.
Before he subbing in with the score tied, senior Joe Krilich promised head coach Ward Rogers that he would finish the game for the Barons, despite coming off of an injury.
"Coach, I'm going to get the ball in the back of the net even if I have to tear every muscle in my leg" Krilich said to Rogers.
FINALLY — Members of the Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s soccer team celebrate Saturday’s 2-1 home win over D’Youville College.
Krilich was able to keep the promise of scoring, and did so without any damage to his leg.
With two minutes left in sudden death overtime, Krilich took a corner kick and hammered the ball into the top right corner of the net, soaring over the goalkeeper's fingertips.
"This win would not have been possible without the efforts of our two seniors, Joe Krilich and Bill Milburn, who are finally healthy and back on the field," Rogers said. "They played with a lot of spark.
"We held possession of the ball throughout the game, which let the defense relax a little. Our boys are doing better and better each game. We had a really good set of practices this week and it clearly showed today."
Freshman midfielder Jace Vansteenburg got the Barons their first lead of the season by faking out D'Youville's goalie and scoring in the ninth minute.
D'Youville scored in the 37th minute on a strong shot from outside the 18-yard box that found its way into the upper left corner of the net.
"Sometimes people tend to look at a team in terms of wins and losses, but we're looking at the progress we've made this season," Rogers said. "This win is tremendous. When you get into a streak of losing games, and you finally win one it takes the pressure off your back so you can relax and move forward."
Lady Barons lose
STEUBENVILLE - A sweet start to senior day turned sour for the Lady Barons soccer as the visitors scored two unanswered goals in a 2-1 win by D'Youville College.
"I'm really proud of my girls. They really played a high level of soccer, and as a coach I couldn't ask for more," head coach Johann Marin said.
Forward Jordan Byrley's goal in the 16th minute put FUS up 1-0. Despite the early lead, the Lady Baron's weren't able to capitalize on any of their other chances, including three shots that hit the post or crossbar.
"It was clear today that we were the better team, however, goals win matches," Marin said. "The upright isn't moving. So it's our job to put the ball past the goalkeeper, and we didn't."
Both D'Youville goals came off of defensive breakdowns that allowed the Lady Spartan's one-on-one chances with senior goalkeeper, Lauren Koath.
The goals, and eventually the loss, meant a tough but emotional senior day for Koath, the lone senior on the team. Koath's day only got harder when she was hit in her already injured right quad during the D'Youville's second goal.
"As soon as I got hit I knew I still wanted to finish the game. This game means a lot to me and I only have so many games left in my career," Koath said. "I just wanted to stay on the field and inspire my team to come back."
The Lady Barons (3-9-3, 1-3-2) visit Penn State-Altoona at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Ruggers on wrong end of score
SLIPPER ROCK - The Barons rugby team dropped a 39-31 loss at Slippery Rock Saturday.
"It was a really, really good game," head coach Ken DeLuccia said. "We had opportunities but it was a good job by the Slippery Rock team."
Much like the Barons' only other loss of the season, a 31-17 loss to Grove City, the team struggled to overcome its youth and inexperience against an older squad.
"They have to do what they do faster, and when you become more experienced, you do that," DeLuccia said. "Because we have such a youthful side, they still haven't got it yet. They're getting there, but we're still not there.
DeLuccia added that Slippery Rock did a much better job on breakdowns once players were tackled.
"The other team was just a step ahead of us in one facet of the game, and that was a very important facet," DeLuccia said. "When guys went into contact while running the ball, they got there faster."
The Barons will host a portion of the 3RRC quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday.
Runners fare well
OBERLIN - The men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Oberlin to compete in the Intra-Regional Rumble and it was won by the Barons' Bill Jones won the race, with a personal best and school-record time if 23:31.
The Barons took this weekend to check out their competition, and get a better understanding of where they stand for the AMCC Championships on Oct. 27.
"Our hardest competition today was Penn State-Behrend, whom the men beat but the women lost to" head coach Daniel Kuebler said.
"We're looking forward to seeing them again at Championships, along with other competitive schools."
The top three runners for the women were junior Nichole Krajewski, and seniors Theresa Evans and Sarah Mueller.
The Barons will spend the next two weeks preparing for AMCC Championships. Resting and not over-doing the workouts will be key for their success.
"Conference Championships will be a totally different type of race," Kuebler said. "The competition will be tough, but we know what we have to do in the upcoming weeks."
The Barons will compete at Mt. Aloysius on Oct., 27 for the championships, and again on Nov. 10 for the NCAA DIII Great Lakes Regional Meet.
Volleyball team splits
GROVE CITY, Pa. - The volleyball team defeated Chatham University 25-23, 25-18, 25-11 and lost against Grove City College 25-19, 25-20, 25-22 Saturday.
"We played well in both matches," head coach Kelly Herrmann said.
The Lady Barons were able to play competitively against both opponents even during a rotation switch to accommodate an injury.
"Lara (Holley) got the chance to play outside hitter for us so that Maria (Prezzia) could rest her ankle," Herrmann said about the injury situation.
Holley played well in her new position, earning four kills and eight assists on offense against Chatham University. Defensively, she was able to rack up seven digs. She was also able to defend well against Grove City with nine digs for her squad.
Amy O'Keefe set a career milestone on Saturday, surpassing the 1,000 assist mark for her college career. She had 49 assists in the two matches.
Dani Link had 20 kills on the day and senior Anna Cain dominated with 28 kills. Defensively, the Lady Barons played with a lot of focus. Sam Kelly recorded 31 digs Clare Prezzia recorded 13 digs, and Holley had 16 digs.
The Lady Barons (10-13) visit Penn State-Altoona on Wednesday.