On Saturday, September 8th, the Patriot soccer teamwas in action versus Hiwassee.
After a long delay because of a blown tire, the visiting Hiwassee Tigers arrived at the Barber soccer complex. After the women's game, the Men's game got started about 30 minutes late. The game turned out to be a high scoring affair, but very exciting.
Hiwassee put more pressure on the SCC goal during the first half, but both teams were playing very hard and exciting soccer. Midway into the first half, David Barrett of SCC was injured and had to leave the game. After that, several chances came and went for both teams but no one capitalized in the period and the score was 0-0 at halftime.
The start of the second half was much the same, with Hiwassee attacking and SCC counter-attacking. Ten minutes into the second half, a cross from Hiwassee made it’s way into the box. SCC sweeper Patrick Williams slipped while trying to clear the ball from the area. With a Tiger player about to punch the ball in, Williams swiped the ball with his hand to prevent the goal. The referee called the infraction and Williams was ejected, leaving SCC with only ten players for the rest of the game. The ensuing penalty kick was gamely defended by Will Johnston, who dove the right way onto the ball, but was unable to stop it. Hiwassee went up 1-0.
About 5 minutes later, Hiwassee was able to score again on a hard, long range shot into the upper corner. From that point on, the outmanned and injured Patriot team could not keep the Tigers out. Despite a strong effort, the Tigers put away several more and the game that had been so exciting and tight in the first 60 minutes turned into a 6-0 win for the tigers.
The Patriots fall to 1-3-0 on the season and will next travel to Cincinnati State at 1pm on Sunday, September 9.