CRESSON, Pa. - Sophomore Hannah Doyle provided late-game heroics as her first career penalty kick found the back of the net to give the Franciscan women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Mt. Aloysius, Tuesday afternoon.
Nearing the end of regulation, senior Clare Kennedy helped to build a play through the midfield and eventually the Lady Barons got the ball into the box and were fouled by the Mounties. The foul set up Franciscan's third penalty kick of the season with 5:36 to play in the second half. Doyle rose to the challenge and slid the ball into the bottom right corner of the net for the 1-0 Lady Baron lead.
The Mounties earned a corner kick in the final two minutes and their subsequent shot went wide as Franciscan hung on for the 1-0 win.
"I am just really proud of how the girls played today and finished this game," remarked head coach Clare McBane. "We were very evenly matched today and that showed in the stats. We were able to take advantage of that last chance and that was the difference."
The Lady Barons and Mounties exchanged a corner kick each to open the first half before Emily Wieszczek had a shot saved and Megan Luiso had one that was blocked for the first two good scoring chances in the game. Junior keeper Sarah Luebking followed her Mountie counterpart's lead with a pair of stellar saves of her own to keep the scoreless tie intact through the first 20 minutes of action.
The Lady Barons out-shot the Mounties 8-7 in the second half while the Franciscan backline, including Dawyot and Annie McGraw, stepped up and helped to protect Luebking from shots on goal as she needed just one in the second half to preserve the shutout.
"Dawyot and Annie had some crucial plays for us," remarked Coach McBane. "Dawyot had a great clear in front of the net and Annie stepped up and made a great save off of the backline to help out Sarah in goal.
I am really just proud of the team effort today. We closed out the game and supported our teammates."
Franciscan was bolstered by composed play from Kennedy throughout the midfield. "Whenever we put her in, she's a game changer for us," remarked Coach McBane on her senior. "She supported the build in a big way that led to our PK and is really just such a composed player."
The Lady Barons the Mounties finished the day tied 13-13 shots while MTA held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Luebking needed just three saves for her fourth win in AMCC action and second shutout in the conference.
Franciscan continues its road trip as the Lady Barons head to Penn St.-Behrend on Saturday for a 3:30 pm AMCC match.