NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.—Despite strident efforts to return from a three-goal first half deficit, the Franciscan University men's soccer team had difficulty maintaining offensive position in the second half and lost to Westminster, 4-1.
"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."
Baron forward Bernardo Gonzalez kicked things into gear in the second half scoring Franciscan's lone goal, and Jesse Saltarelli held strong at midfield with several attempted shots on goal. Despite these efforts, however, the team was unable to recover lost ground from the first half.
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.
"That's what soccer teams do. We take a loss, pick ourselves up, and come back at it ready to win," Rogers said, adding that with each game the men continue to improve.
Sitting at 0-3 overall on the season, the Barons will travel to Thiel College for a 3pm start on Thursday, September 13.