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Rachel Palazzo scored the game winner versus St. Mary of the WoodsRachel Palazzo scored the game winner versus St. Mary of the Woods

Women's Soccer Split a Pair of Matches 2-1 Last Week

The Patriot Women's Soccer team split a pair of matches by identical 2-1 scores last week.

First, the Patriots were to host Georgetown College in a conference clash on Wednesday.  Incessant rain turned the grass field at St. Catharine to mush, so the match was moved to the artificial turf at Georgetown to avoid a reschedule.

Georgetown opened the scoring for the match when Emily Conner lofted a ball over Patriot Goalie Emily Belt off a clearance from a corner kick just 9 minutes into the match.  The Patriots fought back and looked to have evened the score just prior to halftime when Rachel Palazzo hit a shot from outside that was parried off the crossbar by Georgetown 'keeper, Danielle Lang.  The ball ricocheted back into play and Bethany Massey headed it into the goal.  However, the goal was called off and a corner kick was awarded to St. Catharine.  The linesman ruled that the ball had hit the football goalpost crossbar that is above the soccer goal at Georgetown and therefore, the ball had been out of bounds before it came back into play.

Still trailing 1-0 after halftime due to the dubious call, the Patriots mounted another attack.  An outstanding buildup out of the back culminated in a Courtney Anderson final pass to Vannah Moreland who slotted the ball home to tie the score 1-1 in the 55th minute.  Despite several chances for both teams the score remained tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.

After a hard fought 10 minutes of overtime, the score remained a 1-1 draw.  After switching ends, the second overtime period commenced.  With 4:45 left in the second overtime period, Georgetown got a free kick in their own end.  Emily Conner hit a long ball that floated over the Patriot defense to a sprinting Lindsey Dunn who scored the golden goal for the Georgetown victory past a charging Emily Belt.

The second match of the week was a home match versus the Pomeroys from St. Mary of the Woods College.  With the rain still causing havoc with the Barber Soccer field, the match was moved to the artificial turf at nearby Nelson County High School.

Against the run of play, St. Mary of the Woods would score first.  In the 40th minute, a free kick for St. Mary of the Woods would get them on the board.  The kick was crossed in and a clear by St. Catharine would be corralled by a Pomeroy who took a shot from 25 yards.  The shot would hit the upper corner and give the Pomeroys the lead despite only taking 3 shots in the first half. 

The Patriots would answer back almost immediately.  Vannah Moreland evened the score at 1 with a strike off a Kindsay Miller-Riney assist less than 30 seconds later.  At the half, the score remained tied 1-1 despite an overwhelming edge in shots for the Patriots.

St. Catharine made a couple of adjustments for the second half and come out determined to get the win.  The Patriots held the ball in the Pomeroys' half for the first 13 minutes of the half and dominated play for the entire second stanza, not allowing St. Mary of the Woods a shot in the half.  The game winner came in the 68th minute when a Vannah Moreland shot rebounded off the post and Rachel Palazzo gathered the ball and struck home the game winner.  The Patriots came out on top with a 2-1 victory.

The win moved the Patriots' record to 4-6 with 8 matches to go.  The Women's Soccer team will be in action again on Wednesday when they travel to Columbia, Kentucky to take on the #1 ranked Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College. 

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