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Lady Barons fight to tie; men winless

October 10, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University of Steubenville women's soccer team tied for the third time this season and this one ended in a 0-0 draw with La Roche College in double overtime.

"The girls showed great courage and discipline," FUS head coach Johann Marin said, adding, "Today they rose above all that was placed against them."

With several players suffering from injuries, the team was forced to shift the lineup and replace four of its usual starters, but Marin said that in spite of this, the girls adjusted well.

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READY TO BLAST — Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Ashley Ruttencutter, an Indian Creek graduate, prepares to make a play during Tuesday’s home match with LaRoche College. The teams fought to a 0-0 draw.
-- Emma Lipnicki

"You can barely tell the difference. The girls did really great today. Every single player performed their role and function," Marin said.

"The game has to belong to the defense today because we didn't score. However, we were able to get in front of the goal and break down the other team's defense. I also felt like we did keep the ball well today."

As the season progresses, Marin said that the girls will focus on getting goals and continuing to play an aggressive game.

"We're going for consistency right now because we have something that is working," said Marin. "These girls are really doing extraordinary things. We hope to continue moving up from here."

The Lady Barons are 3-8-3 overall and 1-2-2 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. They host D'Youville College at 1 p.m. Saturday.

STEUBENVILLE - The men's soccer team dropped a 7-1 decision to La Roche College.

The Redhawks scored their first goal within the first two minutes, but Franciscan forward Brian Bobek quickly responded with an assist to Peter Herrmann.

"We got things under control, but at that point it was 5-1. That's really what I call 'chasing the game,'" said men's coach Ward Rogers. "When you get down as far as we were down, you don't want to quit playing, you really want to try and score goals, so it's always in our nature to try to come back and we just leave ourselves vulnerable to counterattacks."

Rogers mentioned the effort contributed by forward Peter Herrmann until he was taken out on injury.

"Peter Herrmann was really making runs in the space and helping us release the ball up the field and helping us to hold it," said Rogers. "When he got hurt we struggled with trying to have someone do the same kinds of runs he was doing, so we had to make some substitutions and sort of change our style of play a little bit."

The Barons (0-13, 0-5) host D'Youville at 3 p.m. home on Saturday.

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