Saturday was a huge day for St. Catharine College athletics as the Patriots were at home to play two volleyball matches, two soccer games and two baseball games. And the day was Patriot-perfect as the home team won every contest. But they only were able to do so because of some last second heroics in the men’s soccer match that gave them a 3-2 win in overtime.
Adam Stevenson’s soccer team was in need of a victory as they took a 3-25 record into Saturday’s matches against Midway and West Virginia Tech. And they got not just one but two wins in nearly doubling their victory total for the season. They were able to do so without losing a game as they won both matches 3-0.
After winning a tough first game 26-24 over Midway the Patriots won game two 25-23 and game three 25-17. Shauna Stone, a freshman from Nelson County and Randa Murphy, a freshman from Green County, led the way to the win with nine kills each in the match. Mandy Gray, a junior from Princeton, had 11 digs in the match. Midway fell to 6-8 with the loss.
Then, in a Mid-South Conference match, St. Catharine beat West Virginia Tech 25-21, 25-17, 25-19. It brought the Patriots’ conference record to 1-5 while the visiting Bears went to 3-17 overall and 0-7 in the conference.
Stone and Murphy again paced the Patriots with 10 kills each while Sam Gehler, a junior from Amelia, Ohio, had nine kills. Gray had 15 digs for the match.
The Patriot women opened the soccer afternoon with a 2-1 win over West Virginia Tech to improve to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in the MSC. Emily Caras, a junior from Moline, Illinois, scored both goals off assists from Krista Russell, a sophomore from Independence, Kentucky.
Caras’ first goal came with 18 minutes into the first half and her second with five minutes to play in the first half made the score 2-0 for Paul Patton’s team.
Nine minutes into the second half the Bears, 3-9 overall and 1-4 in the MSC, cut the lead to 2-1 but the Patriot defense stiffened to hold on for the victory.
It appeared that the only blemish on the Patriots’ Sports Saturday would be for Tim Wolz’ men’s soccer team that trailed the Bears 2-1 with less than a minute to play. But the Patriots brought goalkeeper Adam Gillcrist down the field in the final seconds to add an offensive player.
The strategy paid off in dramatic fashion as Gillcrist took a pass from Rex Catron and scored the tying goal with 13 seconds left in regulation. Then a Patrick Williams’ goal three minutes into overtime, off an assist from Isaac Blanford, gave the Patriots the thrilling 3-2 win.
The win gives St. Catharine a 2-3 conference mark and a 4-7-1 overall slate. West Virginia Tech fell to 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
They were only scrimmage games but the Patriots swept two games at home to complete Super Saturday. Luther Bramblett’s Bat Pats won the opener 9-2 over Bellarmine University and then topped St. Clair College 5-4 in the nightcap.