Often known as the second season for the second chances it presents, both Patriot soccer teams will enter the post-season Saturday in the Mid-South Conference. And both teams go in with momentum with no losses in the final two outings of the regular season. The Patriots enjoyed two wins Tuesday as the teams honored seniors in their final home game.
Saturday at Pikeville, Paul Patton’s Patriot women battled to a 1-1 tie against the Bears in Mid-South Conference action. Tim Wolz’s men claimed a 4-1 win at Pikeville. Then on Tuesday the Patriots swept a doubleheader against visiting Spalding University, the women winning 3-0 and the men 4-0.
The tie and win left the St. Catharine women with an overall mark 7-8-1 and a conference mark of 1-5-1. The men improved overall to 3-12-1 and 1-6 in the conference. The women will play Saturday at Campbellsville in the first round of the Mid-South Conference tournament. The men travel to Rio Grande for their tournament opener, also on Saturday.
In Saturday’s women’s action the Patriots and bears played 110 minutes of soccer before settling for a 1-1 tie after two overtimes. Emily Caras gave St. Catharine a 1-0 lead in Saturday’s game as the senior scored an unassisted goal 54 seconds before halftime. Pikeville tied the score ten minutes into the second half on a goal by Stephanie Morgan.
The men scored two goals in each half Saturday to beat the Bears. Ashley Woods scored 25 minutes into the game and again one minute before halftime to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead. That was out in half when Pikeville scored 56 seconds before intermission.
Sawyer Abshire scored eight minutes into the second half and Woods, from an assist by Raymond Mkandama, scored his third goal of the game with 15 minutes to play. It was the second hat trick of the season for Woods, a freshman from Manchester, England.
The Bears had five shots on goal for the game but goalkeeper Zack Bailes recorded four saves. The Patriots had seven shots on frame, Woods taking five of those.
In Tuesday’s sweep over Spalding at Nelson County High School the women went on top three minutes into the game on a goal by Emily Caras. Paola Martinez and Chelsey Landrum added second half goals in the 3-0 win.
In the nightcap the men scored at the 11:25 mark when Chris Brady, playing in his final regular season game as a senior scored a spectacular goal. Jeffrey Warren lofted a corner kick across the goal that Sawyer Abshire headed to Brady for the assist. Abshire scored twice in the second half and Tyler Shewmaker closed out the scoring.
Patriot goalkeepers Justin Mills had two saves in the first Zack Bailes had three saves in the second half.