Elizabeth A. Boudreaux
The Lady Barons soccer team of Franciscan University of Steubenville was defeated by the Case Western Reserve Spartans 2-5 at a home game Wednesday, March 31.
Although the field was packed with energy, neither team scored for nearly a quarter of the game. After 22 minutes, the first goal of the night was made by Case Western, with another following almost immediately after.
For another 20 minutes, both teams played ferociously, stealing and blocking balls. Neither team could take the upper hand until freshman midfield Juliana Rubino scored Franciscan’s first goal.
The field was bursting with energy, as team members called out to each other over the grass and spectators watched on the edge of their seats. By the end of the first hour, each team made another goal: Case Western’s a penalty kick goal and Franciscan’s by Rubino once again.
Despite Rubino’s fierce effort Case Western scored two more goals by the end of the night
Four prominent players stood out at the game.
Rubino can be attributed for both of Franciscan’s goals. Her sister, sophomore forward Bella Rubino, passed her second assist of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Marita Ostrich, on her last game with the Lady Barons, had eight saves, including a penalty kick. Freshman midfield Gabriella De La Torre took three shots on goal.
The energy of the night did not cease for a moment. The team players’ shouts of encouragement could be heard from the intramural field as far as the J.C. Williams Center.
The Lady Barons’ next game will be at home April 6 against Washington and Jefferson College.