September 15, 2012
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — In their third overtime game of the season Franciscan University's Lady Baron soccer team tied Ohio Wesleyan University 1-1 after two ten-minute sudden death overtimes. The Lady Barons have lost both of their other two overtime games.
Throughout the game the women backed each other up and communicated effectively to manage to force the tie and not allow the Battling Bishops to score in overtime.
"What made the difference in this game compared to our other games is that the girls worked at the same level in the last 20 minutes of overtime play as they did at the beginning of the game," said Lady Baron assistant coach Clare Smith.
Sophomore Katherine Roemer set the tone for the game when she scored the first goal in the tenth minute unassisted after dribbling in towards the goal and tapping it in past Ohio Wesleyan's goalkeeper.
"The team has improved in all the games we have played and that's all I can ask as a coach," Marin said. "Their hard work is starting to bear fruits because of their consistent improvement."
Goalkeeper and captain Lauren Koath really had to work during today's game. She made 14 total saves on the game, several of which required her to stretch and dive. A key save from Koath came with 15 seconds left in regulation time she had to jump up to knock the ball out over the goal and give the team a chance to win in overtime.
"Today goes to the defense because I can't do what I do without them," Koath said. "They stepped up big today. This game was a really good confidence builder for us but we are still looking for that win. We are especially excited to get into conference play."
The defense especially displayed the amount of working together needed to stop Ohio Wesleyan by holding them to one goal. Smith also commented that the midfielders stepped up for the team and transitioned to help the defenders out when they were getting overwhelmed.
"Today's opponent was very skilled and we rose to the occasion," Marin said. "This is the exact kind of preparation we are looking for to get us ready for conference games."
The team continues to play patiently and trust in each other to work as one unit.
"I credit the amount of chemistry we have to our faith. We are committed to pushing each other to be our best on and off the field and if it's not the sacrifice and witness of Christ that motivates us then nothing will," Koath said.
The Lady Barons are now 2-4-1 on the season and look to push forward and earn a win Sept. 17, when they play Geneva College at home at 4:30 p.m.