Sunday, November 1, 2015


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 round.

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.