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Freshman Ciara Carr Recorded the Assist on the Winning Goal Against Freed HardemanFreshman Ciara Carr Recorded the Assist on the Winning Goal Against Freed Hardeman

Women's Soccer Kicks off 2013 Season as Champions

The St. Catharine Women’s Soccer team (2-0, 0-0 MSC) traveled to Henderson, Tennessee last weekend to square off against the Lions of host, Freed Hardeman University (1-2) and Johnson University (0-3) of Knoxville, Tennessee in the Freed Hardeman Labor Day Tournament.

The Patriots were coming off of a very successful 2012 campaign where they finished 11-6-2, 5-4 in the Mid-South Conference and hoped to use their momentum to carry them into the 2013 season.

In game one the Patriots defense shined as they defeated Freed Hardeman 1-0. “This is a great win for us” says head coach Paul Patton. “Freed Hardeman is a strong team and has always played us well.” In the two previous meetings the Patriots lost by one in overtime and had tied the Lions in overtime the following year. The Patriot’s sole goal came off the foot of sophomore mid-fielder Erin Jones (Paducah, KY) with an assist from freshman mid-fielder Ciara Carr (Ashville, OH) during the 59th minute of the game. This was the first goal of Jones’s collegiate career and just happened to be the goal that resulted in the Patriot’s first victory of the year. Senior keeper Lindsey Vinson sealed the net for the Patriots racking up four saves en route to her first shutout of the season.

In game two the Patriots took yet another victory by defeating Johnson University 9-0. After just scoring her first career goal against Freed Hardeman, Erin Jones got in on the action once more by scoring her second goal of the tournament and career. “Erin had a great weekend” said Patton. “We were afraid that scoring may be an issue since much of our offense is new, but with 10 goals in two games I feel that we are on the right track.” The entire Patriots offense consisted of freshmen or athletes playing in new positions. However, the Patriots defense returned a strong veteran core that earned its first two shutouts of the year. With a 5-0 lead at the end of the first half Patton turned to freshman keeper Lauren Lee (Louisville, KY) to keep Johnson off of the board and she did just that. Lee was able to rack up several saves sealing the Patriots’ second victory of the season.

The two victories earned the Patriots the title of Champion of the Freed Hardeman Labor Day Tournament as they were the only team to complete the weekend of matches undefeated.

The Patriots will return to action on the road against the Marian University Knights (2-2) in Indianapolis September 7 at 2 PM. The Patriots will return home to the Barber Soccer Complex September 9 at 4 PM to square off against the Eagles of Asbury University (0-3).

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