The St. Catharine Lady Patriots (8-3, 3-2 MSC) took a huge step forward Friday at the Barber Soccer Complex when the Georgetown Tigers (3-4, 2-3 MSC) came to town.
Just the sound of the name Georgetown brings out an extra bit of competiveness to all Patriot athletes; on Friday the Lady Patriots discovered exactly what the rivalry was all about as they tackled the Tigers 2-1. Wasting no time, the Patriots got on the board first when Macy Higdon (Elizabethtown, Ky.) floated a ball over the head of the Tiger 'keeper from 35 yards out at the 26 minute mark. With the Patriots leading 1-0 the Tigers were able to knot the score at one with a goal that just got by the Patriot 'keeper at the 31 minute mark.
With the score tied and the Patriots scrambling for defensive answers, goalkeeper Lindsey Vinson (Dawsonville, Ga.) secured a major save that provided the needed spark for the Patriots. “Lindsey’s great save was just what we needed” said Head Coach Paul Patton. “She really kept us in the game today.” With an increased sense of urgency the Patriots battled the Tigers to a stalemate at the half.
After the half Vinson continued to refuse the Tigers any goal opportunities as she slotted a total of seven saves on the day. The Patriot offense got several opportunities through the half but were unable to capitalize. With overtime becoming a reality Chelsea Landrum (Independence, Ky.) crossed a ball directly to the feet of Paige Long (Ekron, Ky.), allowing her to punch in what would ultimately be the winning goal for the Patriots. “Georgetown has been an excellet program through the years. We've played them nine times since we joined the Mid-South Conference and it took a long time to get that win, but it was definitely worth the wait,” said Patton.
The Patriots return to the field on October 10th at 4 PM when they travel to Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky.