The St. Catharine College Patriots men’s soccer (1-2, 0-0 MSC) dropped two close games, on Friday they traveled to Barbourville, Ky. to take on Union College (2-0, 0-0 AAC), then on Saturday they took on Bryan College (3-0, 0-0 AAC) out of Tennessee.
On Friday the Patriots hit the road for their first road game of the season as they traveled to take on the Bulldogs of Union College in the 2014 Thomas Trammell Memorial Classic. The Patriots had their chances to take an early lead when Raymond Mkandama (Kigoma, Tanzania) had a shot go wide in the 14th minute, and also when Max Bristow (Exter, England) had a shot saved by the Bulldog keeper. But the Bulldogs struck the first blow in the 30th minute as Jordan Gill found the back of the net on a ball that deflected off one of the Patriots from 10 yards out. Things would hold at 1-0 until halftime. The Patriots again had their chances early in the second half to get an equalizer when Max Bristow had a shot go wide in the 48th minute, and also when the Bulldog keeper made another key save in the 69th minute on a shot off the foot of Bradley Wilson (Lincoln, England). But the Patriots never could find the back of the net as they dropped the game to the Bulldogs 1-0. CJ Powell (Louisville, Ky.) played all 90 minutes in goal for the Patriots and tallied three saves.
Then on Saturday the Patriots took on the Lions of Bryan College. Both teams got off to a slow start in the first half with neither team making a big push. The Patriots had a couple of opportunities in the first half, one when Ashley Woods (Manchester, England) had a shot go wide and another when Bradley Wilson had a shot go high. With neither team able to score in the first half it remained 0-0.
Things picked up in the second half when the teams combined for 27 shots. The Patriots had their chance to take the lead in the 60th minute where in a span of four minutes they had four shots go high. But the tie at 0-0 wouldn’t last for long when in the 73rd minute Daniel Brantley for the Lions was able to find the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later the Lions found the back of the net again this time coming off the foot of Josh Smotherman and giving the Lions a 2-0 lead. The Patriots struggled to get any offense going late as the 2-0 advantage would stand and the Lions got the win. Bradley Wilson and Marvin Wesselburg (Essen, Germany) led the Patriots with three shots apiece.
The Patriots will look to get back to their winning ways when they take on Asbury University September 9.