With the 2013 season in the books for the St. Catharine men’s soccer team, the Patriots will look to build upon their successes for 2014.
It was a season of ups and downs for the Patriots as they finished 4-14 overall, with a 1-8 mark in the Mid-South Conference. The Patriots kicked their year off with an extremely difficult schedule, opening with Oakland City University, a member of NCAA Division 2, and Marian University of Indianapolis. During the first four contests the Patriots were on the down side of close games, but were able to grab a highlight victory over Salem International University in a 1-0 thriller. Led by a goal from Ashley Woods (Manchester, England), the Patriots were ready to right the ship and find ways to win.
After dropping their next contest to the University of the Cumberland’s in heartbreaking fashion, 2-1, the Patriots jumped right back in the win column at Berea. The Patriots were able to showcase their offense against the Hilltoppers as they netted three goals from Kevin Owens (Elizabethtown, Ky.), Ashley Woods, and Marvin Wesselburg (Essen, Germany) in a 3-1 victory. The next seven contests would prove to be difficult for the Patriots as they were unable to find a victory, four of the seven were dropped by two or less goals. However, the Patriots finished the season on top as they were able win two of their four contests remaining, including an upset of conference rival Shawnee State University on the road.
Even with the difficult year, the Patriots were able to make strides in improving their program. CJ Powell (Louisville, Ky.) finished the season as the leader in the Mid-South Conference in the saves department with 89 total saves for an average of 6.89 per contest. Powell recorded double digit saves in five of his 13 starts, keeping the Patriots within striking distance for most of the season. As a team the Patriots were led offensively in goals by Sawyer Abshire (Shelbyville, Ky.) with eight and in assists by Abdikadir Mohammed (Nairobi, Kenya) with three. During the year the Patriots were without a shortage in shots as Ashley Woods led the Patriots with 48 shots, 19 of them on goal.
With the 2014 season just around the bend the Patriots said farewell to four seniors who helped the program make great strides. Sawyer Abshire, Abdikadir Mohammed, Brandon Huffman (Stanford, Ky.) and Ben Nally (Bardstown, Ky.), played all four years of their careers in a Patriots’ uniform. In fact, all four were members of Patriot teams transitioning from the junior college ranks to the four-year NAIA institution. In 2014 the Patriots look forward to a strong recruiting class to replace the loss of the seniors, and will hope to build on their already strong foundation.