With nothing to lose, the St. Catharine men’s soccer team (4-14, 1-8 MSC) notched a Mid-South Conference win as they downed Shawnee State (7-9-1, 2-6-1 MSC) 1-0 on Monday.
After a grueling, but disappointing, match against Brescia University on senior night, the St. Catharine Patriots weren’t ready to throw the towel in on their season just yet. Going into Monday’s contest with Shawnee State the Patriots were aware that the result of the contest would not affect their final standings in the conference. However, this did not stop the Patriots from having their biggest victory of the season. With the score being tied at the half 0-0, St. Catharine showed that they were in for the long haul. Trailing 7-2 in shots on goal, the Patriots used their defensive mindset to shut down a Bear’s offense that was hungry to find the net. The second half, however, was a completely different story as senior Abdikadir Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) found the boot of senior Sawyer Abshire (Shelbyville, Ky.), who scored both goals on senior night, for what would be the winning goal of the contest. After the goal the Patriots continued to apply the defensive pressure to the Bears, deflecting shot after shot. Led by keeper CJ Powell (Louisville, Ky.) and his 13 saves, the Patriots displayed their determination for a win by blanking the Bears.
With the conference victory the Patriots ended their season on a high note and can celebrate their many season accomplishments, including the five games with save numbers in double digits for CJ Powell. For the seniors, Sawyer Abshire tallied eight goals and three assists, Abdikadir Mohamed nabbed one goal and three assists, and Brandon Huffman (Stanford, Ky.) tallied one assist. On defense senior Ben Nally (Bardstown, Ky.) led the way with several defensive takeaways, as well as being a captain on the defensive side of the ball. The Patriots will now begin their spring recruiting season and look forward to a successful 2014.