Volume #1 Issue #3
The St. Catharine athletic program tested their driving ability this week as all teams spent time on the road.
Saturday began with a splash for the nautical Patriots as they traveled to Campbellsville University for their first competition of the season. Led by Hannah Spaulding (Springfield, Ky.) and her two wins in the 400 M Freestyle and the 100 M Breaststroke, the Patriots were able to make waves within the conference in only their third year of existence. Accompanying Spaulding in the Patriot trio were Martha Raley (Lebanon, Ky.) and Keely Taylor (Portsmouth, Ohio), who finished as high as third in their respective events.
With the Patriot swim team finding success in Campbellsville, the cross country program figured it was their turn to take a swim as they headed to the hills of Kentucky and Berea College to run in the heavy rain. The Patriot runners, led by Troy Mattingly (Louisville, Ky.), put their flippers on to keep pace with the top teams at the event and came away with a top half finish amongst the five other programs.
The Patriot golfers hit the links Saturday at the Don Bishop Invitational in Campbellsville. The Patriot men, led by Matt Bloom (Louisville, KY) and his 153 over 36 holes, were able to down the Tigers of Georgetown College in a thrilling one stroke victory 657-658. The duo of Brianna Cornett (Danville, Ky.) and Ashley McKenty (Benton, Ky.) helped swing the Lady Patriots to solid individual finishes with a 192 for Cornett and a 207 for McKenty.
Women’s Soccer continued their winning ways on Saturday as they downed the Mighty Oaks of Oakland City University. The 7-1, 2-0 MSC Lady Patriots got a lift from Chelsea Landrum (Independence, Ky.) as she drew a foul that allowed Courtney Hagedorn (Highland Heights, Ky.) to boot home the winning goal in overtime. The win was the sixth on the season for the Patriot “fu'tbol” team and propelled them into their contest with the Union College Bulldogs on Tuesday. The contest at Union proved that Chelsea Landrum was ready to have the week of her career, as she headed a ball over a defender to allow Macy Higdon (Elizabethtown, Ky.) to slot home the winning goal over the Bulldogs. The win was the seventh on the year for the Patriots and gave Chelsea Landrum her first nomination for Mid-South Conference (MSC) player of the week.
After a long grueling weekend of success at the ITA Regional in Georgetown, the Patriots’ tennis team continued their road trip on Sunday as they traveled to Hanover College (Hanover, Ind.) to take on the Panthers in their first team match of the fall. Led by the duo of Ethan Rowton (Paducah, Ky.) and Andre Jacomini (Curitiba, Brazil) the Patriots defeated the Panthers in convincing fashion, 9-0.
With a washout on Saturday the Patriot men’s soccer team was hungry to get on the field against Berea College. With the help of goals from Ashley Woods (Manchester, England), Marvin Wesselburg (Essen, Germany), and Kevin Owens (Elizabethtown, Ky.), the Patriots were able to slate their second victory of the year over the Mountaineers 3-1. With no time to spare, the Patriots hopped back on the road and traveled to Owensboro to face the Panthers of Kentucky Wesleyan. With two goals from Ashley Woods, the Patriots kept themselves within striking distance of the NCAA Division 2 Panthers, but were unable to overcome minor errors as the fell 6-2.
Capping off the week, the St. Catharine Volleyball team (9-9, 3-4 MSC) hit the road to Ohio twice in five days to face the Red Storm of Rio Grande and the Bears of Shawnee State. Coming off of a disappointing finish against Lindsey Wilson the Patriot net minders were eager to get back on the court against the Red Storm. Winning in convincing fashion, 3-0, the Patriots were led by the strong kills of Allie Southard (14) and her .619 attack percentage. Following their third conference win of the year the Patriots had little time to rest before heading back to Ohio to face the Bears of Shawnee State. After taking the lead 2-0 the Patriots looked to be in total control of the match. However, even with 29 combined kills from Shauna Stone (Bardstown, Ky.) and Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.), the Patriots were unable to overcome a strong third set performance by the Bears to eventually fall 3-2.
The excitement of Patriot athletics continues this week with the bowling team heading to Campbellsville to defend their 2013 Women’s Bowling Conference Championship September 28 & 29th. The Patriot golfers will continue their quest for conference dominance at Georgetown College in the Mid-South Conference Fall Tournament September 29th-October 1st. The men’s and women’s soccer teams will be home to defend the Barber Soccer Complex Saturday, September 28th at 2 PM against the Cumberland University Bulldogs in the beginning of, what could be, the most difficult week of the season. The soccer teams will continue their week Tuesday October 1st, when they travel to Lindsey Wilson and Friday October 4th, when they host the Tigers of Georgetown at 2 PM. The Volleyball net-minders will return to Lourdes Hall Tuesday, October 1st at 7 PM to take on the Red Storm of Rio Grande in the first rematch of the season and will travel to the University of the Cumberland’s Friday, October 4th for the battle of the Patriots.