With the season opener fast approaching, the St. Catharine Women's Soccer Team completed a tough pre-season slate of contests this week.
The group of contests included the first ever St. Catharine Women's Soccer Allumni Game on September 20. Ten allumni representing different classes from 2002 through 2010 participated in the inaugural event, and a spirited match was the result. Patriot Coach Paul Patton was pleased with the match. "I am glad the allumni made it out today. We had a good match and were able to work on some things and see where we are," he stated. "It's also a plus to see some of my former players and even a few that played here before my time. It's important for our players to see what has gone on before and to meet a few of the players who helped build this program."
Next up was a home exhibition match with Asbury College on the 22nd. The match was played in three, 30 minute periods so the respective Coaching Staffs would have maximum flexibility with lineups. Asbury came out quickly and scored a goal five minutes into the game. The Patriots would battle back as Adrienne Bishop scored a goal off a free kick 12 minutes later. After the first period, St. Catharine changed the lineup and tried some different player combinations. The Patriots' play was still solid, but Asbury broke through late in the period to score another goal. Asbury scored two more in the final period, as the Patriots made wholesale lineup changes, to take the game with a 4-1 score.
St. Catharine would again take on a tough opponent with an exhibition match at Division II, Kentucky Wesleyan College on Sunday, September 28th. KWC came out strong and earned a corner kick 2 minutes into the game. The Panthers executed the kick flawlessly and headed home a goal to take a 1-0 lead. St. Catharine would concede another goal 10 minutes later to fall behind 2-0. The Patriots found a little fire and regained their rhythm to press the next 20 minutes and earn several chances to cut the lead. However, they were unable to finish those chances and Wesleyan scored a third goal on a counter attack 2 minutes before the half. The second half was a see-saw battle with both teams carrying the possession for long periods of time and chances going both ways. Patriot Freshman Kaylan Stevens had two good scoring chances in the Panther penalty box but barely missed the first one wide and was fouled on the second with no whistle from the officials. As the game wound down, KWC made one last push and scored off a corner kick to cap the scoring and a 4-0 victory.
Coach Patton commented on the Lady Patriots' pre-season, "It was tough set of matches. I would have preferred better results, but we learned a lot about our team and especially what we need to work on. I am optimistic that with several players returning over the next week from illness and injury, we will be able to put our best team on the field in the right positions and things will begin to click. We have a lot to work on, but I am confident that this team will improve as we move forward."
Next up is the season opener tonight, September 31st, at 6pm versus Ohio Mid Western University (formerly Temple Baptist College). The match will be a home match for the Patriots and will be played at Nelson County High School due to construction on the St. Catharine Campus.