FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST. CATHARINE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION Monday, September 22, 2014
PATRIOTS FIND A WAY TO WIN AT PIKEVILLE
Go to 2-0 and Top of the Mid-South Conference
The Patriot men’s soccer team (5-2, 2-0 MSC) pushed their winning streak to four in a row as they defeated the University of Pikeville Bears (1-1, 0-1 MSC) 3-1 on Saturday.
Both teams had their chances early in the game as Marvin Wesselburg (Essen, Germany) had his shot saved by the Bears’ keeper in the second minute. The Bears had an opportunity in the seventh minute, but had their shot stopped by CJ Powell (Louisville, Ky.). Wesselburg had other opportunities in the 14th and 20th minutes, but both shots went wide. Both teams continued to push their offenses forward as there were 16 shots between the two teams at half. Defense prevailed at halftime as neither team was able to find the back of the net.
The Bears had two opportunities in the first five minutes of the second half, but both times the shot went wide. Things changed in the 54th minute when Marvin Wesselburg found a cutting Ashley Woods (Manchester, England) who then found the back of the net to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead. The lead was short lived, however, as two minutes later the Bears tied things up at 1-1 on a penalty kick. The tie at 1-1 didn’t last long as the Wesselburg to Woods connection worked again in the 64th minute to give the lead back to the Patriots 2-1. The Patriots were able to find the back of the net again in the 70th minute as this time it was Wesselburg with the goal off a pass from Jakob Riekert (Nicholasville, Ky.) to stretch the lead to 3-1 in favor of the Patriots. Ashley Woods had a chance at the hat trick in the 75th minute, but his shot went off the crossbar. The Bears were unable to overcome the 3-1 deficit as the Patriots defeated the Bears.
The Patriot offense was ignited by Ashley Woods and Marvin Wesselburg who tallied five and four shots respectively. CJ Powell played all 90 minutes in goal as he recorded six saves while only allowing one goal. The match proved to be a physical one as there were three yellow cards handed out, two on the Patriots and one on the Bears; there were also 44 fouls called between the two teams, the Patriots were called for 25 fouls and the Bears were called for 19 fouls. The Patriots were clearly the more aggressive team as they were called for nine offsides to the Bears one.
The men’s soccer team will be back in action on Wednesday, September 24 when they host Berea College at 7 PM.