Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic home crowd the men's soccer team defeated Asbury 3-0 behind goals from Ashley Woods and Max Bristow.
The scoring came early for the Patriots when in the third minute Freshmen Max Bristow intercepted an errand pass and shot past Asbury goalkeeper John Burns. This was Bristow's first career goal in a St Catharine uniform. The goal was unassisted.
After the goal Asbury continued to attack the St Catharine goal but the defensive line of Ross Brown, Krzysztof Rapacz, Kevin Owens and Joe Creg held strong with the assistance of CJ Powell. The defense held on for its first shutout of the season.
The second half started and in the 61st minute Asbury conceeded a corner kick. Marvin Wessselburg took the corner which goalkeeper Burns misplayed and accidentally kicked the ball into his own net. The score was then 2-0.
Asbury, wanting to get on the scoresheet, pushed players forward looking for the goal to turn the momentum and in the process passed the ball back to their goalkeeper who played it with his hands. SCC had an indirect kick just inside the box. Joe Jessop touched the ball to Ashley Woods who fired the ball into the upper corner. That was Woods' 30 career goal. He is currently the All-Time Goal Scoring Leader for St Catharine College. This made the score 3-0.
This is how the game would end. CJ Powell finished with 3 saves in the 90 minutes facing 6 shots (3 on goal) while Asbury goalkeeper John Burns finished with 1 save on 5 shots (3 on goal). Brian Wood entered the game for Asbury in the 74th minute replacing Burns. He faced zero shots.
"It was a true team effort. The guys came off the bench and the level never dropped. I thought Joe Jessop was tremendous in the centre of the field breaking up the play and leading the team," Coach Tim Wolz said after the game. "That was a very good Asbury team we beat tonight. We can't let off the gas and we need to improve everyday in training. If we do this, we will be very hard to beat this season."
The men's soccer team returns home this Thursday at 7:00 to face NCAA Division ll Kentucky Wesleyen then starts Mid-South Conference play on Saturday as they make the trip to Pikeville College. All of the games will be updated on their facebook page (SCC Mens Soccer) and their Twitter page. Do not forget your can goods for St Vincent de Paul.