Friday, August 29 - The St. Catharine women's soccer team traveled to Grayson, Kentucky to take on Kentucky Christian University on Friday. When last these two teams met, the Lady Knights of KCU took the game in decisive fashion with a 4-0 win during Coach Patton's inaugural season in 2006. A decidedly improve SCC team would take the field for the 2008 season opener.
In the early going, the play was fairly even, with both teams probing the others defense. KCU would have the best early chance, playing the ball deep into SCC's penalty area. The Patriot defense withstood, and slowly, SCC began to take over the game. SCC continually worked the ball deep into KCU's half and peppered the goal with shots. Lady Knights Goalkeeper Taylor Draper stood firm and made save after save until Ashley "Lilbit" Thompkins finished off a shot to give SCC a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute of the half. With Draper working overtime and their defense on it's heals, KCU was able to hold the Patriots off the rest of the half.
After halftime, the Lady Patriots resumed their attack on the KCU goal. Led by Lilbit, and midfielders Kara Morehead and Marissa Hibbs, SCC managed 48 shots for the game. Taylor Draper finished with 37 saves in the goal for KCU. Thompkins added a second in the 65th minute and Megan Metcalf finished off the scoring in the 80th minute to give SCC the 3-0 win. SCC Goalkeeper, Lee Ann Walker finished the game with 4 saves to secure a shutout in her first collegiate game.
This is the first time in 5 years that the Women's soccer team has opened the year with a victory. The Lady Patriots will return to action on Monday, September 1st at Cumberland University (TN) and will host Freed Hardeman at home on Tuesday, September 2nd.