Patriot’s Week in Review #2
The train continued to roll this week for the Patriots as they hosted five home contests, four of which were conference matchups.
The men’s soccer team got things kicked off on Sunday when they defeated the Salem International Fighting Tigers at the Barber Soccer Complex. The Patriots were led by the English boot of Ashley Woods as he scored the winning goal from the assist of Sawyer Abshire. The win displayed the team that Coach Wolz knew that he had from the beginning of the season, as they played with a great deal of enthusiasm that kept the Tigers off tract the entire game.
On Tuesday night Lourdes Hall lit up as the volleyball Patriots took on the Tigers of Campbellsville. The Patriots showed their resilience, fighting the Tigers point for point until eventually dropping the fourth set to fall 3-1. The Patriots were led by the spark of Cat Hall and her timely kills that kept the Patriots in the match and gave the fans the show that they had come to see.
Wednesday brought the “Battle of the Mid-South Patriots” to the Barber Soccer Complex as the University of the Cumberland’s stormed into town. The Cumberland’s soon learned that Paul Patton’s Lady Patriots were here to stay as the team in purple thrived off the two goals from sophomore Macy Higdon. The win kept St. Catharine undefeated in conference play and gave the Patriots momentum as they continue conference play on the 28th against Cumberland University.
The Wednesday night cap featured a rejuvenated men’s soccer program in their “Battle of the Patriots.” Trailing late in the second half, sophomore Kevin Owens showed hustle as he gathered a missed shot off the post and pushed it by the Cumberland’s goal keeper to bring the Patriots within one. As the battle ensued, St. Catharine pounded the net, forcing the keeper of the Cumberland’s to earn every save. With time winding down the Patriots were unable to overcome miscues, but showed resilience as they continued to battle until the very end.
Volleyball continued their rough slate as they hosted #13 Lindsey Wilson in Lourdes Hall on Thursday. The Patriots held their own, never trailing by more than five in any match. Led by the defense of Jodie Klein (16 digs) and powerful kills from Shauna Stone (11 total), the Patriots were able to put a scare in the top 15 team and show that they were still alive and well. “I don’t think they expected us to compete” said Jason McDannold. “Our girls showed up and if we continue to develop, we will be a threat come tournament time.”
The Patriots will continue their road to a Mid-South Conference title when the volleyball team travels to Rio Grande tonight to take on the Red Storm. Saturday will have both soccer teams on the road, with the women at Oakland City and the men facing Berea. The Patriots will return home next Saturday when soccer hosts Cumberland University.