St. Catharine, Ky. – It
was an emotional day for six Patriot women’s soccer players as they played
their final game at Barber Soccer Complex on Saturday against Pikeville (Ky.).
Their sorrows, however, quickly turned into joy after they finished off the
regular season with a 4-0 shutout of the Bears (4-14, 0-7 MSC).
Kelsey Hayden (Louisville, Ky.), Kelsey Givens (Richmond,
Ky.), Mollica Crawford (Danville, Ky.), Sarah Pascoe (Munfordville, Ky.), Shelby
Rush (Oldham County, Ky.), and Malorie Steele (Independence, Ky.) were all
honored after they played their final home game of their career.
The Patriots finish the regular season with an 8-10 record overall
and a 2-5 record in the Mid-South Conference. They enter the postseason with a
three game winning streak. St. Catharine enters next week’s Mid-South Conference
Tournament as the six seed where they will play Georgetown (Ky.) in the opening
Although it was a day the seniors were honored, stealing the
show was sophomore Kindsay Miller-Riney. The Bardstown, Ky. native poured in
her first hat-trick of the season. Vannah Moreland (Marietta, Ga.) netted the
other goal for the Patriots to seal the 4-0 win. Bethany Massey (Oldham County,
Ky.), Shelby Rush and Malorie Steele all recorded an assist in the win.
It didn’t take long for the Patriots to get on the board; just
one minute into the game the Patriots took a 1-0 lead. Malorie Steele volleyed
a perfect pass over the Bears’ defense that found Kindsay Miller-Riney who
fired it past the keeper and into the back of the net.
Five minutes later the Patriots doubled their lead in the
sixth minute. Miller-Riney was once again the recipient of a great pass from Shelby
Rush. Miller-Riney was able to breakaway and slide the ball past the keeper and
into the back of the net.
The Patriots extended their lead to 3-0 in the 12th minute
when Kindsay Miller-Riney finished off her hat-trick. Miller-Riney took a pass
from Bethany Massey and broke free from the defense and fired the ball past the
keepers’ outstretched arms and into the net.
St. Catharine had another opportunity to add to their lead
in the 19th minute. After a foul occurred in the box, Shelby Rush stepped up to
take the penalty kick, but the ball sailed just inches over the goal. The score
would remain 3-0 at halftime in favor of the home team.
After many missed chances to open the second half the
Patriots got back to their scoring ways in the 77th minute. This time it was
Vannah Moreland who collected her 11th goal of the season. After a turnover on
the Bears, Moreland kicked the ball towards the net and watched as the ball
bounced off the goalie’s hands and into the back of the net.
The Patriot offense dominated throughout the match. They outshot the Bears 11-1, including 7-1 in shots on goal. Emily Belt (Paducah, Ky.) tallied her first shutout of the season finishing the game with one save.