The outcome was a 4-3 win Tuesday over the visiting Asbury Eagles. And St. Catharine coach Tim Wolz labeled it as “probably the biggest win” in his three years at the helm of the Patriots’ program.
“They have a very good team. They are always well coached and well organized. But we battled them to the end,” said Wolz whose team evened its record at 3-3.
Battled them to the very end, that is. An Eagles’ shot with 20 seconds left hit the crossbar and when Josh Braun corralled the rebound his shot was saved with a diving stop by St. Catharine goalkeeper C.J. Powell with 17 seconds remaining.
The final seconds were indicative of the entire 90 minutes as the two evenly matched teams traded goals. Sam Kpoh put the Patriots ahead 1-0 in the ninth minute but just two minutes later the Eagles, who fell to 3-2, tied the score. An Eagles’ defender deflected a Marvin Wesselburg pass into the goal in the 32nd minute to put St. Catharine ahead 2-1 at halftime.
It took Asbury, a team that received votes for the top 25 in the nation, just two minutes into the second half to tie the game 2-2. But Ben Nally’s goal off a corner kick deflection regained the lead for the Patriots in the 54th minute. That lead stood for seven minutes when the Eagles again pulled even.
The game winner came with 10 minutes left when Sawyer Abshire threaded a pass to Ashley Woods who drilled it past the Eagles’ goalkeeper from 15 yards out.
Each goalkeeper had two saves for the game. Asbury had 12 total shots for the game and St. Catharine had 10.
The Patriots are back at Barber Soccer Field against Berea College Saturday starting at 5:00.