STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan women's soccer team played at home for the first time this season and in front of a packed home crowd, the Lady Baron offense exploded for five goals in their 5-0 win over Muskingum, Wednesday.
The Lady Barons wasted little time finding their rhythm up front as they put sent three shots towards goal, two blocked and one just high, in the first 9:12 of action. The front line drove hard into the box just under 10 minutes into the game to draw a foul and earn a kick from the penalty spot. Junior Sarah Luebking, playing on the field and not in goal today, converted her first PK of the season to give FUS an early 1-0 lead.
Freshman Kelsey Scott-Avery continued to prove she earned a starting spot in the Lady Baron lineup and put a beautiful ball on net but the Muskie keeper made a stop to keep the score 1-0 in favor of Franciscan. After a Franciscan corner kick, junior Elizabeth Dawyot got her head on the ball and put it out of the keeper's reach to extend the Lady Baron lead to 2-0 19:39 into action.
After three shots that couldn't find the back of the net from Franciscan kept the Muskies off balance, Luebking posted her second goal of the game and season as she collected the ball inside the box, made a play around a defender and gave Franciscan a 3-0 lead just past the halfway mark in the first half.
Just two minutes later, freshman Marita Ostrich faced her first test and passed with flying colors as she stopped Miranda Bishop's shot to keep the shut out intact. Muskingum got off the final shot of the half, but Tori Stuard's shot went wide in the 39th minute and the Lady Barons were able to control the ball for the rest of the half and take a 3-0 into the break.
Franciscan got off to a quick start after halftime and Scott-Avery's first shot of the second found its way past the goal line and Franciscan led 4-0 just 1:13 into the second. Dawyot didn't let the Muskie keeper catch her breath as she put a shot on goal just 24 seconds later. The Muskie keeper was up to the challenge and stopped Dawyot's shot.
The Lady Barons continued to control the pace of the game and got off four more shots over the next 20 minutes before Corinne Jensen scored her first of the season with 11:39 to play as she collected the ball off a deflection by the goalie and sent into the back of the net to give Franciscan the 5-0 lead.
Shannon Wieszczek got off the last shot of the game but was turned away by Jasmine Love in the final four minutes as the score held 5-0 in favor of FUS.
Franciscan held the advantage in corner kicks, 3-1, and shots, 20-5. Ostrich earned her first collegiate win in goal with her three saves in the 90 minutes.
The Lady Barons are off this weekend as they return to action on Tuesday, September 19 when they host Washington & Jefferson at 4pm.