Following an incredible run in 2012 and 2013, the Patriot Women’s Soccer team is looking to build on that foundation of success in 2014. The St. Catharine College Lady Patriots completed consecutive seasons with program best records of 11-6-2 in 2012 and an overall record of 14-6 in 2013. 2013 also saw a best ever 5-4-0 mark in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) which was good for a best ever fourth place finish in the regular season. The Patriots also made school history in the MSC tournament as they hosted a quarter final tournament match for the first time ever. The Patriots defeated University of Rio Grande 1-0 in that match to set up a first ever berth in the Mid-South Conference Tournament Semi-Finals. The Patriot’s tournament and regular season success did not go unnoticed as the Patriots had four players named to the All Mid-South Conference Second Team.
In addition to the athletic recognition, the team garnered academic awards as well. 4 team members earned NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete Honors and 7 team members were named to the All MSC Academic team. In addition the team placed 9 members on the President’s List (perfect 4.0 GPA) in Fall Term 2013 and 10 members on the President’s List in Spring Term 2014. 4 team members made the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or better) each term as well. To cap off the year, the entire team earned recognition as a NAIA Scholar Team for 2013-14. This is the third time in program history and second year in a row that the team has earned this honor.
The Patriots 2013 success continues to gain recognition as they earned a fourth place ranking in the Preseason Mid-South Conference Women’s Soccer Coach’s Poll. The fourth place ranking is the highest for the Patriots since their induction in the conference. Patriot Coach Paul has hit the recruiting trail hard this year, bringing in seventeen total new recruits that will help St. Catharine compete in one of the toughest conferences in the Country. Along with 8 returning starters, the influx of new talent will help the program continue grow in the 2014 season.
The Patriot Women’s Soccer team has already faced Spalding University (NCAA DIII) and Trevecca Nazarene University (NCAA DII) in pre-season scrimmages with a 2-0 victory at Spalding and a 0-3 loss at home to Trevecca. Coach Patton commented, “The victory at Spalding and the loss to Trevecca highlighted some of the areas that we are currently strong and many of the areas that we need to improve. Spalding is always a good scrimmage to start out with and Trevecca may very well be one of the toughest 4 or 5 teams on our schedule. We’ve got a lot of work to do to improve on last year’s success and play to our full potential. We’ll continue to work hard in practice to get there.”
The Patriot’s kick off the regular season with a pair of Varsity matches in Tennessee at the Freed Hardeman Lion’s Cup on September 30 and 31. They return to Kentucky for reserve matches versus Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson on September 2nd and 3rd.