BETHANY, WV – After a location change and a weather delay, the Franciscan women's soccer team couldn't find an answer for the Penn State Behrend Lions as the visitors snapped the Lady Barons conference win streak with a 3-0 victory, Saturday afternoon.
Just moments before kick off on Franciscan's field, a lightning strike and downpours forced the game to be moved to nearby Bethany College in Bethany, WV. The two teams nearly got through the entire first half, but with 18:05 to play, the game was briefly suspended due to another lightning strike. After the 30-minute delay, the Lady Barons and Lions were able to play out the rest of the game without delay and the Lions held the advantage for the entirety of the contest.
The Lions struck first as Lexie Frank scored off an assist from Emily Indof in the 39th minute for the 1-0 Penn State Behrend lead.
The Lady Baron defense was able to keep the Lions from taking another shot for the rest of the half and trailed 1-0 going into halftime.
Behrend tested the new Franciscan keeper, junior Glorianne Trippe (Fort Collins, CO/Fort Collins) early as she made three saves on five shots on goal in the 11 minutes of the second half. Unfortunately, two of the Lions shots went in as Brenna McGuire and Indof found the back of the net to give Behrend a 3-0 lead early in the second half.
Trippe faced three more shots for the rest of the game and was able to make stops but the Lions prevailed with a 3-0 victory in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference action.
The Lions held a 17-0 advantage in shots and a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Trippe finished the day with six saves while senior keeper Sarah Luebking (Littleton, CO/Columbine) made two saves in the first half.
The Lady Barons look to get back in the winning column as they head to Altoona, PA to take on Penn State Altoona on Tuesday at 6:00 pm.