STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Freshman keeper Sarah Luebking recorded her first collegiate goal as the Franciscan University women's soccer team battled Pitt-Greensburg to a hard-fought 1-1 tie in AMCC action, Wednesday afternoon.
With just seconds left on the clock, the Lady Barons (6-7-1, 2-4-1 AMCC) drew a foul just inside the penalty box and FUS' current most sure-footed penalty kicker, Luebking, came out from her goal to try and tie the game. Luebking went left and so did the goalie but her saved shot ricocheted in her direction and the freshman goalie knocked the ball in to tie the game.
Neither team could find the go-ahead goal as the Lady Barons out-shot the Bobcats, 6-2, in both over time periods and the game ended 1-1.
"Every time we play Pitt-Greensburg, it's a close match," remarked head coach Clare McBane. "It always is a very evenly matched game and we get a lot of opportunities but not a lot of quality."
The Lady Barons and Bobcats were evenly matched in the first half as the two teams took a 0-0 tie into halftime. FUS led Pitt-Greensburg 7-2 in shots, but neither team could finish for a goal.
FUS came out of the break shooting but could not convert a shot. UPG finally broke the 0-0 tie with 16:53 to play as Courtney Carroll lifted a ball over the FUS keeper into the near right corner.
Down a goal, the Lady Barons kicked their offense into high gear and worked hard to keep the ball on their offensive side of the field in attempt to tie the game. The effort was rewarded as a foul with just seconds left set up Luebking's heroic goal.
"We are still young and we are still working on finishing our shooting. We fought very hard to today and while we are still weak on the offensive side, we are improving," commented coach McBane. "While I am not satisfied, as their coach, I am pleased with their work and improvement."
The Lady Barons have had to fill in big holes caused by injury and tonight was no different but the Lady Barons continue to pick themselves up and work hard. "Sarah Rooney has filled in phenomenally in the outside back position while Monica Dawyot and Calene Dougherty have stayed steadfast to help keep our defense consistent."
The Lady Barons are still in the playoff hunt as they travel to D'Youville on Saturday for a 3:45 AMCC match.