The St. Catharine Patriots Men’s Soccer team hit the road Tuesday to battle the Knights of Marian College in Indianapolis, IN. With the two previous meetings being close, the Patriots knew that they were in for a true test against the team from the circle city.
During the first 20 minutes the Patriots’ offense was ruthless; Marvin Wesselburg (Essen, Germany) rifled a shot that missed just wide of the net, much to the relief of the Knights’ defense that was struggling to decode the Patriots’ attack. Just minutes later Sawyer Abshire (Shelbyville, KY) showed great poise on a great ball that slid just wide of the goal. With the Patriots’ defense holding their own the Knights were able to steal a goal on a close call in the box, when CJ Powell (Louisville, KY) aggressively attacked on a one on one possession and was called for a penalty. “I feel that it was a weak call” says head coach Tim Wolz. “It looked to me that CJ [Powell] and the player got there at the same time.” Never the less the Patriots continued their offensive attack, but some untimely turnovers led to goals on the Knights’ counter attacks.
In half number two the Patriots showed that they were still alive and well by using increased defensive pressure to create opportunities for their high octane offense. With the Knights’ defense scrambling for answers, the Patriots continuously attacked, but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. The Patriots found their offensive answer with senior Abdikadir “Nini” Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya); with the clock winding down the Patriots’ mid-fielder made a spectacular run that led to a penalty in the box on the Knights. As a result, the Patriots scored on a penalty kick from Ashley Woods (Manchester, England). “I thought Nini really was the best player on our team today” says Wolz. “He had great energy and played very determined. We will fix our problems and we aren’t in panic mode just yet.”
The Patriots will return to the Barber Soccer Complex for a four game home stand next week, kicking off with the Cougars of Mid-Continent September 10 at 2 PM.