By Owen Cox
The Franciscan University men’s soccer team lost 3-2 against the Capital University Comets on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.
The Comets scored the first goal within the first five minutes of the game. The goal gave the opposing team an early lead and put pressure on the Barons to respond.
The Barons attempted to score and initially missed. One minute later, however, sophomore midfielder Augustine Rubino scored a goal, tying the game 1-1.
The Comets attempted to respond by taking two shot attempts in the next three minutes. The Baron defense and graduate student goalkeeper Jax Mautone helped keep the score level.
The Baron defense continued to play well and kept the Comets at bay. However, the Baron defense struggled themselves to find scoring opportunities.
Nearing the end of the half, Rubino scored the second goal for the Barons, sending them into the second half with a 2-1 lead over the Comets.
Early in the second half of the game, the Comets were awarded a penalty kick and successfully scored the goal, tying the game 2-2.
After tying the game, both teams locked in defensively and made it difficult for the offenses. The Barons were awarded a penalty midway into the second half but were unable to convert the opportunity.
After saving the penalty, the Comets gained the momentum in the game and applied offensive pressure on the Barons defense.
Eventually, the Comets broke through and scored the final goal of the game, giving them a 3-2 victory over the Barons.
The Barons will play their next home game against Waynesburg University on September 20 at 5:00 p.m.