With game time temperatures in the mid-80s, the Lady Barons continued their streak of conference play at home, dropping a close 2-0 competition at home, a hotly contested match to visiting Pitt-Greensburg (5-2-1 entering the game) on Tuesday night.
The Lady Barons were down early in this one, due to a Greensburg goal in only the second minute of action. Junior goalie Sarah Luebking made the initial save, but a persistent Greensburg attack stayed the course, redirecting the deflection back into the net. Despite the defensive efforts by the Lady Barons, the Greensburg counterpart was able to knock in the rebound for an immediate 1-0 lead.
The remainder of the first half was characterized by the Lady Barons’ ability to control the possession, leading to nine shots. Senior midfielder Megan Luiso put a couple shots on net, but couldn’t convert either of them. The score remained 1-0 Greensburg at the conclusion of the first half.
Early in the second half, Greensburg was able to tack on a second goal as a result of a successful penalty kick. The foul at the 50 minute mark by defenseman Sarah Schriner produced both a booking for the senior and 0-2 deficit for the Lady Barons. From there, Franciscan again had success controlling the ball but could not put shots in the net. Therefore, Greensburg was able to outlast the Barons by a score of 2-0 when the final buzzer sounded.
Throughout the game, the Lady Barons struggled in attacking third of the field. For large portions of the first and second halves the ladies controlled the ball, but, due to a lack of an attacking presence, weren’t able to convert their possession into goals.
The Lady Barons fall to 3-6 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.