The Patriots Women’s Soccer (0-1-1, 0-0 MSC) team kicked their season off in Tennessee as they competed in the 2014 Freed-Hardeman University Lion’s Cup.
On Saturday the Patriots took on Saint Xavier University (0-0-2, 0-0 CCAC) out of Chicago. The Patriots keeper Emily Belt (Paducah, Ky.) stopped six straight shots by the Cougars, but she couldn’t stop the seventh when the Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute. But that lead wouldn’t last for long when in the 44th minute Kindsay Miller-Riney (Bardstown, Ky.) broke free and scored to tie it up 1-1 at halftime. In the second half the Cougars took a 2-1 lead when they scored in the 51st minute. But thirteen minutes later the Patriots got a goal when Macy Higdon (Elizabethtown, Ky.) found Sara Herbert (Louisville, Ky.) who then found the back of the net to knot things up a 2-2. But ninety minutes proved not to be enough as the two teams headed to overtime tied at 2-2. Neither team was able to get their offense going in the two overtimes as things stayed at 2-2 through both overtimes as the game ended in a tie. The Patriots were led by Kindsay Miller-Riney and Chelsey Landrum (Independence, Ky.) who each tallied two shots on goal.
The Patriots then took on the host, Freed-Hardeman University (2-1-1, 0-0 AMC) on Sunday. The Patriots got on the scoreboard first when Courtney Hagedorn (Highland Heights, Ky.) found Mariah House (London, Ky.) who scored and gave the Patriots the lead 1-0 in the 17th minute. But the Patriots wouldn’t hold the lead for long as Lion’s forward Julianne Renner scored in the 19th minute to knot things up at 1 each. Things would stay that way until halftime. But in the 77th minute the Lions took a 2-1 lead when Julianne Renner found the back of the net for her second goal of the game. The Lions weren’t done there, when Renner struck again in the 83rd minute to complete the hat trick. Renner proved to be the difference in the game as she found the back of the net three times to give the Lions a 3-1 victory over the Patriots. The Lions outshot the Patriots 14 to 7. Patriot keeper Emily Belt played all 90 minutes in goal and tallied four saves.
Head Coach Paul Patton said, “We struggled at times, but we also had good spurts in the games.” Coach Patton also said, “I hope to get some of the problems fixed in practice this week before heading to Cincinnati.”
The Patriots will look to get their first win of the season when they take on Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati on Saturday, September 6.