STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University of Steubenville women's soccer team finished its season 4-11-3 overall and 2-5-2 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference after Tuesday's 4-1 home victory over Mount Aloysius.
"We've been blessed with so many young girls stepping up to play at a high level," head coach Johann Marin said about how his team played. "Katie Roemer is an outstanding worker. Her work ethic is ridiculous; she does not stop. Her success in today's game was well deserved."
Freshman Lauren Noce scored with an assist from sophomore standout Ashley Ruttencutter 11 minutes in for a 1-0 Barons lead.
Roemer, from Jordan Byrley, and Ruttencutter (unassisted) each scored in the final 10 minutes of the half for a 3-0 lead at the break.
Mount Aloysius narrowed the gap with an unassisted goal on a breakaway, ending the first half 3-1.
"Mount Aloysius came very prepared," Marin said. "We expect to see good things from them in the future. I would like to commend them for their efforts today, they have some very good players."
Roemer scored her second goal of the day with an assist from freshman Mary Duran at the 29th minute of the second half.
Lone Barons senior, goalkeeper Lauren Koath finisher her career.
"I am so proud of Lauren, watching her play this evening was very gratifying," Marin said. "She's an amazing athlete, role-model, and leader for our girls."
While FUS will miss the conference playoffs, Marin is excited for his young team and what it will be capable of in the seasons to come.
"I have more time to spend with the girls. An entire team of returning sophomores and freshman gives me a few more years with some of these girls," Marin said. "We have something special here."
Men lose to Mount Aloysius
STEUBENVILLE - There were more red cards (six) than goals (four) as the Barons dropped a 3-1 home decision to Mount Aloysius Tuesday to finish the season 1-16.
The Barons began the game strong and kept the score tied at 0-0 until the 40th minute, when a quick play off a corner kick gave Mtount Aloysius its first goal.
"This was our best game as far as controlling the ball and being able to work it through the midfield to create opportunities in our attacking end of the field," head coach Ward Rogers said adding that he was happy with the team's aggressive style of play.
"Unfortunately for us, the goalkeeper made some nice saves today and we, quite honestly, missed a couple of good opportunities by not hitting the net."
Standout Franciscan players were midfielders Luke Merry and John Imbimbo who held strong on both ends of the field. Rogers said that seniors Joe Krilich and Bill Milburn also had great final games at midfield, while senior Evan Olsen played a strong game on the defensive side.
"We played with a little bit of passion today and that was really a good sign. It's unfortunate that the season is ending because we're starting to really find ourselves and hit our stride. We're getting closer to becoming a more consistent team," Rogers said.
The game took an unruly turn in the 87th minute when the Barons drew a red card and the Mounties followed with five.
With seven players remaining for Mount Aloysius and 10 for Franciscan, midfielder Brian Bobak scored the Barons' lone goal and his first of the season, an unassisted blast from 20 yards.