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Isaac Blanford had three goals in SaturdayIsaac Blanford had three goals in Saturday's victory over Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois.

Patriot soccer falls to Mighty Oaks, beat Benedictine

In last week’s soccer Tim Wolz’s Patriots fell 4-3 at Oakland City University on Thursday but bounced back to beat Benedictine University on Saturday. That left the Patriots with a 2-3 record as they prepare to host non-conference opponent Asbury University at 4:00 Tuesday. The Patriots absorbed a tough loss Thursday at Oakland City when the Oaks (2-1) overcame a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3. St. Catharine took a 3-0 lead in the first 18 minutes of the game. Woods opened the scoring when he found the net on an assist from Abshire. Abshire had an unassisted goal following an Oaks’ turnover and Marvin Wesselburg made the score 3-0 when he scored on a rebound. Oakland City made the score 3-1 before halftime and outscored the Patriots 3-0 in the second half to complete the comeback. Oakland City fired 25 shots, 13 on goal, while the Patriots had five total shots, four of them on frame. Powell had nine saves for the Patriots. Saturday against Benedictine the Patriots again took an early lead and saw the opponent rally, but this time the Patriots had the final answer in winning 5-1. For the first time in the three year tenure of head coach Tim Wolz, a Patriot player recorded a hat trick. That came from senior forward Isaac Blanford who scored the final three goals of the game, two off assists from woods another from Ben Nally. Woods had scored the Patriots’ first half goal on an assist from Raymond Mkandama and, after Benedictine (0-3) tied the score, the Patriots took the lead for good 11 minutes into the second half. That go-ahead goal was the first career score by Thomas Paris, a senior defender. Powell had another strong effort for the Patriots as the junior goalkeeper allowed one goal and had 10 saves.
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