Saturday, August 29 - The St. Catharine College Men's Soccer team opened the 2009 season with a home match versus Kentucky Christian University at Barber Field today. The Patriots were looking for a good showing against at KCU team that had defeated them 2-1 in the 2008 season opener at KCU. A win would not only avenge last season's loss, but it would kick off the 2009 season in a positive way.
The Patriots got what they were looking for and more. SCC took control from the start, putting the ball into the KCU net in the first 45 seconds. The referee disallowed the goal, as the ball had crossed over the end line and was ruled out of bounds prior to the shot. SCC continued dominating play and only allowing KCU to get off 1 shot in the first half of the game. St. Catharine manage multiple chances at the goal, and goals by three freshmen; Isaac Blanford, Sheldon Lucas, and Austin Kaczanowski put the Patriots up 3-0 at the break.
The second half started much the same as the first half ended, with SCC controlling possession and the tempo of the game. Twelve minutes into the half, senior Jacob Heil scored his first career collegiate goal from the right side to put the Patriots up 4-0. From there, the Patriots poured on the pressure and finished chances from Rex Catron, Travis Lyons, James Portner, Patrick Williams (twice), and a late Penalty Kick by Will Meza to make the final score 10-0. The 10-0 score was the highest scoring total and largest margin of victory since current Head Coach, Paul Patton took over the program in 2006.
In addition to scoring 2 goals, Patrick Williams recorded 2 assists in the game. Senior David Barrett also earned 2 assists on the day. William Johnston and Adam Gilchrist split time in the goal, and both easily turned away the shots they faced to preserve the shutout.