In a game that they dominated possession and in number of shots, the St. Catharine Women's Soccer team would need to score in the final minute to secure the victory against Oakland City University.
The first half of the match was a see-saw battle that saw the Lady Patriots trying to hold possession and the Lady Oaks trying to play a more direct style of soccer that utilized long balls over the top of the Patriot defense. St. Catharine took 6 shots to Oakland City's 2, but neither team broke through as the score remained knotted at 0-0 at halftime.
The second half was a different story as the St. Catharine team began to assert itself. A barrage of shots ensued and SC finally broke through in the 54th minute when Krista Russell dropped a ball to Carolynn Dreyer who crossed it into the center for Chelsey Landrum to score and take the lead 1-0. Despite taking 14 shots in the second half, the score remained the same until the 84th minute when an obvious missed off-sides call resulted in the Lady Oaks getting a three on one with Patriot Goalkeeper Lindsey Vinson. Vinson made a valiant effort but the Oaks' Carman Van Winkle scored to even the game at one apiece with six minutes remaining. St. Catharine would have two more chances to score and end the game, but were unable to finish off their shots and the game headed to overtime.
St. Catharine outshot the Oaks 9-0 during the overtime periods and had several shots that just missed the goal or were saved by Oaks' goalkeeper Emily Karns. With less than a minute remaining in the second overtime, the Patriots pushed up the field and pressed into the Oakland City penalty box. Emily Grulke found herself with the ball and made a smart drop-pass to Carolynn Dreyer who shot from about 25 yards out. The lofted ball found it's way into the net and St. Catharine had won the game 2-1 with 33 seconds left on the clock.
For the game, St. Catharine out shot Oakland City 29-6. The victory raises the Lady Patriots record to 6-5-0 for the season. The Women's Soccer team will play next on Thursday, October 13, at 4pm against conference foe Georgetown. The game will be preceded by a men's game at 2pm. Both games will be played at Nelson County High School.