The St. Catharine College Patriots opened the men's soccer season with a 4-3 win Thursday over Ohio Christian in Circleville, Ohio. Tim Wolz, in his first game as head coach of the Patriots, saw his team twice come back from one-goal deficits to beat the Blazers (0-1).
"We weren't ready to play when we got out of the vans," said Wolz of the narrow victory. "For some reason our guys thought they could just walk right through this game."
The Blazers scored early before the Patriots were able to tie the score midway through the first half. But the Blazers answered late in the half to take a 2-1 lead at intermission. The Patriots scored the first two goals of the second half for a 3-2 lead but the Blazers responded to knot the score at 3-3. Then, with 11 minutes to play, St. Catharine netted the winning goal.
Patrick Williams had two goals in the winning effort while Isaac Blanford and Abdikadir Mohammed had one each.
"I thought Sam Kpoh, Ben Nalley and Austin Kaczanowski all played well for us," added Wolz.
The Patriots next game will be Sunday at Young-Harris College in Georgia.