STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan women's soccer team sent its graduating seniors off with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over Pitt.-Bradford, Saturday afternoon.
With their win, the Lady Barons snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Panthers, dating back to head coach Clare McBane's time as a player for Franciscan. The four goals tied the most by the team against Pitt.-Bradford.
The lady Barons found themselves trailing early in the first half as Kaitlyn Williams scored her first goal of the game off a pass from Courtney Shade in the 20th minute. Franciscan would not let the lead last long as Katie Kilian found the equalizer with her first goal of the season in the 24th minute to tie the game 1-1.
Senior Megan Luiso gave the Lady Barons their first lead of the game as she collected a loose ball and sent it home at 30:46 as Franciscan continued to put pressure on the Panthers and win key balls in the middle of the field.
The Panthers and Lady Barons headed into overtime with Franciscan holding a 2-1 advantage.
Coming out of the break, the Panthers put a shot on net that Sarah Luebking stopped before Meghan Stuck collected a loose ball in front of the net and got it just past Luebking to tie the game 2-2 early in the second half.
As the minutes ticked off the clock, the Lady Baron intensity picked up and with less than 10 minutes to play, Kilian scored her second goal of the game after the Lady Barons controlled the ball in their offensive third.
Franciscan did a great job keeping the Panthers from possessing the ball in the final 10 minutes as sophomore Kelsey Scott-Avery and Luiso had a shot. The Lady Barons were awarded two-straight corner kicks but could not find a goal cushion as they held on to the narrow 3-2 lead.
With 5.6 seconds left on the clock, the Panthers found a hole in the Lady Baron back line and Williams netted her second of the game to tie it 3-3 and send it into overtime.
Playing in overtime for the first time against the Panthers, the Lady Barons remained composed but anxious for their first win over UPB since 2008.
Franciscan was awarded three corner kicks in the overtime period and put a pair of shots on net before Bradford's only scoring chance was called dead because of being offsides. The free kick allowed the Lady Barons to start driving towards the goal, and despite a foul called against them, was able to get the ball over the Panther backline.
With the ball in the 18-yard box in front of the Panther goal, Scott-Avery flicked the ball to Luiso who slid it home under a diving Panther goalie with 56 seconds left in the first overtime to hand Franciscan the 4-3 win.
The Lady Barons celebrated their six seniors prior to the start of the match. The seniors have combined for 30 wins over the last four years and one AMCC tournament appearance. Celebrated this year was Sarah Rooney, Luiso, Sarah Schriner, Alice Flanagan, Clare Kennedy, and Corinne Jensen.
The Lady Barons look to carry this momentum into their game against Mount Aloysius on Tuesday at 4:15 pm in Cresson, Pa.