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Sawyer Abshire had two of the PatriotsSawyer Abshire had two of the Patriots' four goals in Sunday's victory.

Patriots top Lawrence Tech 4-3 in overtime

              In a match played throughout a driving rainstorm Sunday, the St. Catharine College Patriots topped the Blue Devils from Lawrence Tech 4-3 in two overtimes. The deciding goal came in the first minute of the second overtime on a penalty kick by Patriot sophomore Ashley Woods. Due to the inclement weather the match wa played on the artificial turf at Nelson County High School in Bardstown.

            Woods’ goal was a result of a foul called on the Blue Devils as the second extra period began. It ended a see-saw affair that twice had St. Catharine leading by two goals against the visitors from Michigan whose record went to 1-2.

            The Patriots, also 1-2, took a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute on a goal from 15 yards out by Sawyer Abshire. That lead stood up until halftime but six minutes into the second half Sam Kpoh’s goal on a rebound off the Blue Devils’ goalkeeper made the score 2-0.

            Lawrence Tech made the score 2-1 in the 57th minute but another Abshire goal, off an excellent assist from Woods, gave the Patriots a 3-1 cushion. But the Blue Devils answered with two goals, the second one with seven minute to play in regulation, to tie the game.

            Neither team mounted a real threat in the first extra period and Woods’ penalty kick easily beat the goalkeeper as he drilled in low to the left side of the net for the game winner.

            The Patriots outshot the Blue Devils 22-10 overall. Twelve of St. Catharine’s shots were on goal while Lawrence Tech had five on frame. Patriot goal keeper C.J. Powell had two saves, both in the first half.

The Patriots are at Oakland City University Thursday for their next match.

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