Soccer (M)

Team finishes15-5 and Conference Tournament Runner-UpsTeam finishes15-5 and Conference Tournament Runner-Ups

Men's Soccer Completes Most Successful Season In History

Wolz and Woods Win Highest Honors

     During the preseason Coach Wolz spoke to the team about goals and what they wanted to accomplish for the 2014 season.  The talk included finishing 11-7 and attending the Mid-South Conference Tournament banquet that is held for the teams playing in the Semi-Finals of the tournament.  Not only did they finish the season with a better record, but they won some major awards at the banquet and Received Votes for anational ranking.

     The final season record showed the team finishing with 15 wins and just 5 losses as well as tied for second in the Mid-South Conference regular season.  The preseason poll predicted that the team would finish 7th out of 8 teams. They entered the MSC Tournament with a 3rd seed and defeated a good Shawnee State 2-0 at home.  That put them into the tournament semi-finals to face Cumberland University, a team that gave the Patriots one of those losses (3-2, 2 OT). On a cold Thursday night, St Catharine upset the #2 seed Cumberland to advance to the finals against #4 national ranked Lindsey Wilson College.  The outcome of the game was a close 2-1 defeat for the Patriots. The team walked off the field disappointed with the loss but their heads high knowing they accomplished so much throughout the year.  They also ended the season Receiving Votes for a national ranking, listed just outside the top 25.

     The MSC Tournament banquet held some wonderful news for the team.  Senior Ashley Woods walked away with three awards including Champion of Character, 1st Team All- Conference and most importantly     Mid-South Conference Co-Player of the Year.  This is the first time a SCC player has been awarded the highest honor. He was also named MSC Player of the Week on 3 occassions.  Woods finished the season nationally ranked in many areas:

1st-Game Winning Goals (8)

4th GameWinning Goals/ Game (0.38)

6th- Points (48)

7th- Goals (21)

11th- Goals per Game (1.00)

14th- Points per Game (2.29)

     Senior CJ Powell was also named as MSC First Team All-Conference and was ranked 21st nationally in Goals Against (.91).  He was awarded MSC Player of the Week 5 times.

     Freshman Max Bristow was named First Team All-Conference and was awarded the Player of the Week on one occassion.

     Freshman Ross Brown was also named as a First Team All- Conference player. 

     This was the first time any SCC player was named to the First Team All-Conference in the program's history (Woods was named Honorable Mention in 2012).  The team also walked away with 5 Academic All-Conference Awards (Kevin Owens, Marvin Wesselburg, Gentry Bryant, Jake Jackson, Thad Dodge).

     Head Coach Tim Wolz was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.  He is the first coach to be given this award on both the women's side (Cumberland College 2003) and the men's side ( St Catharine College 2014) in the history of the conference.

     Coach Wolz was pleased with the season and the team's recognition. "I am extremely happy for Ashley and CJ. They gave up everything for 4 years to to take our team to this level. I think the team made every player that ever put on a SCC uniform proud and the fan support was amazing throughout the year."

     Coach Wolz also commented on the future of the team. "They set the bar very high this season.  We know the schedule will get harder and it will be so important for our freshmen to work harder then they did this season.  We have to start training year around to reach our goals.  Getting in the weight room, doing the extra ball work and doing what is necessary to get into the top 15 nationally. The older players see what it took this year, now its up to our freshmen.  If they do the work then we will be very very dangerous next season."

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