St. Catharine, Ky. – It was a golden goal by freshman Bethany Massey just a minute into the second overtime that lifted the Patriot women’s soccer team (3-5) past Faulkner (AL) on Saturday afternoon. The Oldham County, Kentucky native tallied her third goal of the season including her second game winner in the Patriots 2-1 win. The Eagles (3-3-1) scored the opening goal of the game in the 49th minute. The lead for the Eagles didn’t last long as Malorie Steele (Independence, KY) netted her first goal of the season to tie the game up a one apiece; setting the stage for Massey’s golden goal just a minute and 17 seconds into the second overtime.
Both teams had their chances in the first half. Only a minute into the game, the Eagles had a shot on frame, but it landed right in the hands of Jerrica Kidd (Stanford, KY). The Patriots first opportunity came in the third minute off the foot of Vannah Moreland (Marietta, GA), but right there was the Eagles’ goalkeeper. Neither team could get their offense going in the first half as the game remained scoreless at intermission.
In didn’t take long for both offenses to get going in the second half. The Eagles struck first when Treasa Ho received a pass and broke away forcing the goalkeeper to come out. Ho was then able to slide the ball past Kidd for the goal.
The Eagles’ lead, however, was short lived as it took the Patriots just three minutes to answer. Rachel Palazzo (Marietta, GA) struck a corner kick that found Malorie Steele who headed the ball in. It looked like it was saved, but the referees determined that the ball crossed the line before the Goalkeeper batted it out. The goal would stand.
Both teams had their chances to net the game winner over the final 38 minutes, but neither team could find the back of the net. The final opportunity came in the final seconds, when the Eagles had a breakaway, but their shot sailed high as time expired.
Neither team could get any offense going in the opening overtime as the game headed to double overtime. Just a minute and change into the second overtime came Bethany Massey to save the day. Massey took a pass and weaved her way through defenders and struck the ball from 20 yards out and watched as the ball sailed over the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms and into the back of the net for the golden goal that lifted the Patriots to victory.
St. Catharine will return to action this Wednesday when they host Mid-South Conference rival Georgetown College at 5:30 p.m. ET. Then on Saturday, they host St. Mary of the Woods at 2 p.m. ET.