The men's soccer program opened the season with a hard fought win over Marian University by a score of 2-1.
In a game played in extreme heat, the Patriots outlasted a talented Marian University for the first win of the season. Marian outshot the Patriots 13 to 9 but a strong defense led by freshmen Ross Brown (Lincoln, England), Harry Kirwan (Lincoln, England) and Senior Kevin Owens (Elizabethtown, KY) kept all but one shot out of the net. CJ Powell, a senior goalkeeper made 7 saves for the 90 minutes.It is the first time in the program's history that the Patriots have defeated the Knights.
Marian University opened the scoring when Larz Coy received a pass from Jose Garcia and slotted the ball past Powell to take a 1-0 lead 11:34 into the game. Almost exactly 10 minutes later, Marvin Wesselburg (Esson Germany), and Bradley Wilson (Lincoln England) combined with each other in the 18 yard box with Wilson finishing the play to tie the game 1-1. The game stayed tied as the teams went into halftime.
The second half started in a physical way as both teams fought for that go ahead goal. The midfield became a battle as the players from both teams would not give an inch. Finally, with just under 20 minutes to go, freshman, Marcello Petroni (Louisville, KY) fought through a tackle and beat Marian goalkeeper Caleb Gmyrek for the game winning goal. The assist came from Andy Martinez (Minnesota). The game finished 2-1 in favor of the Patriots.
Coach Tim Wolz said after the game, "That was an amazing show of character from our team. I couldn't be more proud of how the boys handled the situation of being down a goal and never giving up. We beat a very good Marian team that is well coached. They showed a lot of character as well. Its a game I look forward to every year. This one didn't disappoint."
St Catharine is 1-0 on the season and will face Union College on Friday at noon in Barbourville, KY. They are next at home on Saturday as nationally ranked Bryan College comes to Barber Soccer Complex. 4:00 kickoff.
The team will be posting post game interviews and other news on their facebook page SCC Mens Soccer. Please join their group and see game time updates and pictures from the season. They are asking for anyone that attends a match bring a can good or two to help St Vincent de Paul. Admission is free.