As conference seasons are coming to a close for St. Catharine fall sports, the races are heating up for conference seeding.
The Patriots kicked the week off with the men’s and women’s soccer teams heading to the University of Rio Grande for a key conference match up for both squads. The Lady Patriots (11-4, 4-3 MSC) started the night off with a 2-1 victory that moved them to fourth place in the conference standings, just behind rival Campbellsville. With goals from Macy Higdon (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and Paige Long (Ekron, Ky.) the Patriots gave themselves an opportunity to battle for third place in their next conference contest with the Tigers of Campbellsville. For the men, the night would bring about record setting defense from keeper CJ Powell (Louisville, Ky.) with his 18 total saves. At the break the Patriot keeper had already compiled a startling 11 saves, only one behind his season high game total of 12. Even with the Patriot’s 7-0 loss, Wolz felt that his team is starting to gain cohesion just before the playoffs.
Wednesday kept rolling as the Volleyball Patriots (15-9, 9-4 MSC) invaded Lourdes Hall to force the Patriots of the University of the Cumberland’s into submission. Led by Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) and her season high 21 kills, the Patriots were able to steal the momentum early, cruising to a 3-0 victory. With no time to rest, the Patriots were back in action Thursday night as they traveled to Rocky Top to face the Bulldogs of Cumberland University. Carrying the momentum over from the night before, the Patriots were led once again by Rebecca Just and her double digit kills and digs. In addition to Just’s 12 kills, Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.) contributed 10 kills in the Patriot 3-0 victory.
Saturday was a day for celebration as the women’s soccer team said farewell to their four seniors during their senior day festivities. Samantha Osborne (Ontario, Canada), Michelle Dunaway (Louisville, Ky.), Adrienne Bishop (LaGrange, Ky.), and Lindsey Vinson (Dawsonville, Ga.) were showered with gifts and praises from the Patriot coaching staff and players in front of the largest home crowd in the 2013 season, despite the rainy conditions. The Patriots continued their celebration as they were able to down St. Mary of the Woods College 3-1 to give the team 11 wins. With goals from Mary Ezaizat (Lancaster, Ky.), Courtney Hagedorn (Highland Heights, Ky.), and Chelsea Landrum (Independence, Ky.) the Patriots were able to fend off the Pomeroys and send their seniors off with a victory.
After just completing one of the toughest stretches on their schedule, the men’s soccer team was happy to be on the road Saturday night to face Cincinnati Christian University. Scoring had come at a premium for the Patriots during the 2013 season, but they were able to net 5 goals in their impressive 5-2 victory over the Eagles.
In swimming action the Nautical Patriots took to the water at Union College against the University of the Cumberland’s and the Bulldogs of Union. With only two active swimmers the Patriots showed their strength, taking home two third place finishes, two fourth place finishes, one fifth, and one sixth place finish. In the third event of the day Martha Raley (Lebanon, Ky.) knotted a fourth place finish with a 13:32.31 in the 1000 freestyle, and followed up with a spectacular effort in the 200 freestyle scoring a 2:26.37, just seconds behind fourth and fifth place. Hannah Spaulding (Springfield, Ky.) kept her goal of a national tournament bid alive when she finished just four seconds from the time cut off in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:39.71. In addition, Spaulding improved 13 seconds in the 200 yard butterfly with a 2:32.72 and nailed down a 2:09.08 in the 200 freestyle. Finishing the day for the Patriots, Martha Raley struck once more with a 6:39.16 in the 500 freestyle. “Our team is improving every single day” said Head Coach Lindsey Pfoff. “By the end of the season we will be dangerous.”
In the next issue of Patriot Review the conference picture will become clearer for men’s and women’s soccer and tournament dates and time will be revealed. For volleyball we will recap their conference battles with Georgetown and Lindsey Wilson in a crucial conference week.