Soccer (W)

Women Bow Out of Conference with Overtiime Loss

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Bowling Green, Ky. -- The St. Catharine College soccer team was on a roll entering the Mid-South Conference tournament in Bowling Green.  Paul Patton’s team had notched three successive victories, outscoring the opponent 19-3 in those three contests.

The Patriots, seeded sixth, had to feel confident as they took on Georgetown College in the tournament opener.
The Patriots had dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the 20th ranked Tigers in the regular season and hoped to pull out the win in the second meeting. But it was déjà vu all over again as Georgetown scored five minutes into overtime for the 1-0 win.

“We had our chances in regulation,” said Patton, whose team ended the season at 8-11 and sixth place in the conference.  We hit the crossbar twice on shots.  It was probably the best game we played all season.”  The outcome was also typical of many of the games the Patriot women played during the season.  Of the 11 losses, six of those were decided by just one goal.

But those close encounters have only served as encouragement to Patton as he looks toward next year.  "We will have 17 of our top 20 players back next season," said Patton, who after ten seasons is the winningest Soccer Coach in St. Catharine history.  "We have had good success recruiting the past year.  If we can put together another outstanding class, we will look to step in the conference next seaseon.  We were much improved this season than last, so I think we are on the right track.

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