Monday, November 3, 2014


     The Patriot men’s soccer team (12-5, 5-2 MSC) gained an emotional 1-0 win on Saturday against Shawnee State University (4-11-3, 1-4-2 MSC) as they celebrated Senior Day for four seniors.

     The Patriots had their chances in the opening frame when Ashley Woods (Manchester, England) and Bradley Wilson (Lincoln, England) broke free, but were unable to find the back of the net. CJ Powell (Louisville, Ky.) somehow kept the game scoreless when he made a one handed save while he was falling on his back. The Patriots finally notched the scoreboard in the 36th minute when Wilson found Woods who snuck one past the keeper. The 1-0 lead would hold as the two teams headed to intermission.

     The Patriots had a chance to extend their lead in the 55th minute, but the Bears’ keeper made a key save. The Bears had numerous chances to tie the game, but CJ Powell came up with some huge saves to keep the Bears scoreless. Marvin Wesselburg (Essen, Germany) had a shot in the 78th minute that he hit right on the button, but he also hit it right to the Bears’ keeper who was able to make the save. The Patriot defense came up big down the stretch as they kept the Bears scoreless in the 1-0 win.

     The Patriot seniors came up big in the match. Senior forward, Ashley Woods continued his magical year as he netted his 14th goal of the season. Woods also notched his seventh game winning goal of the season, where he ranks seventh in the nation. Senior goalkeeper, CJ Powell recorded his sixth shutout of the season against the Bears. Senior defender, Kevin Owens (Elizabethtown, Ky.) made some key blocks throughout the match.

    With the 1-0 win against Shawnee State the Patriots joined Campbellsville and Cumberland (Tenn.) in a three-way tie for second place in the Mid-South. Cumberland claimed the second seed by way of the fifth tiebreaker – which is goals allowed against MSC teams. Cumberland only allowed six, but Campbellsville and St. Catharine still were tied at nine goals allowed. By conference rules, once a three-way tie is broken the tiebreaker starts all over again head-to-head competition. The Patriots were able to claim the third seed because they defeated Campbellsville 2-1 earlier in the season. The Patriots will host sixth seeded Shawnee State on Saturday, November 8th in the Mid-South Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.