The St. Catharine Patriots (1-4, 0-1 MSC) came into Sunday’s match with the Salem International Fighting Tigers (2-2) with a sour taste after battling the Bears of Pikeville to the bitter end.
The Patriots didn’t take long to conquer their frustrations when a brilliant cross from Sawyer Abshire (Shelbyville, Ky.) was booted past the diving hands of the Tiger keeper by Ashley Woods (Manchester, England). From there the Patriots showed a rejuvenated spirit, one which they had been searching for the entire year. The Patriots held the Tigers scoreless through the entire 90 minutes with their relentless defensive pressure. In fact, Patriot defender Abdikadir “Nini” Mohammed (Kenya) challenged every ball that came near him with his overwhelming athletic ability. “I want to be the best player that I can be” said Nini. “I came to this school to play soccer, and there isn’t a team out there that will take that spirit from me.”
Even with the up tempo defense displayed by the Patriots, the Tigers were able to rattle off 10 shots on goal. However, Patriot keeper CJ Powell (Louisville, Ky.) didn’t seem fazed as he denied every shot attempt from the Tigers, racking up a career high 10 saves. “It feels great to have a career high” said CJ. “My defense kept pressuring them and I just wanted to do my part.” With the shutout, the Patriots were able to take the win from the NCAA Division 2 Tigers and show that Patriot soccer is alive and well.
The Patriots will hit the Barber Soccer Complex field once again Wednesday evening at 5 PM against the Patriots of the University of the Cumberland’s. With the full conference slate looming, the St. Catharine Patriots are ready to show who the top Patriots are in the Mid-South.