The St Catharine Men's Soccer Team was on the road to NCAA II Trevecca Nazarene for what was expected to be a classic match between two great teams. And a classic game it was.
The game was a back and forth match for 88 minutes with both teams trying to break through the other team's tough defense. Great saves by both goalkeepers kept the score at 0-0.
As both teams prepared for what looked like a certain overtime period, controversy came in the form of a no call by the referee. With less than three minutes to go in the match Trevecca served a ball into the box where Patriot Goalkeeper CJ Powell went up to gather the cross. As the crowd converged on Powell the ball ended up in the back of the net along side the goalkeeper. The referee looked at his linesman and awarded the goal. A stunned Patriot team fought in the last couple minutes to get the tying goal but it was not to be.
"I don't want to take anything away from Trevecca. They are well coached and a very talented team. But in my 16 years of college coaching I have never lost a match in such a way. It is a shame that we had to lose it that way. Trevecca's players and coach's were class after the game, shaking our hands and offering apologies," Coach Tim Wolz said after the game.
The Patriots (4-4) play at home on Saturday against Mid-South Conference foe Shawnee State.