Campbellsville sweeps Patriots in soccer; men also lose to Union

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By The Staff

Special to The Sun

In a home soccer Mid-South Conference doubleheader last Tuesday, both the St. Catharine men and women fell to the Campbellsville Tigers. Paul Patton’s women lost the opener 6-0, and Tim Wolz’s men were topped 4-1 by the Tigers.

The women’s contest was scoreless for 13 minutes before the Tigers, 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the MSC, scored the game’s first goal. They added a second goal with 13 minutes to play in the first half, and the score remained 2-0 until halftime.

“I thought we played well in the first half,” said Patton, whose team dropped to 1-2 in the conference and 4-5 overall. “They scored on a good corner kick in the first half, but we should have prevented the other goal. Then, I think we got discouraged after they went up 3-0 and things snowballed after that.”

The Tigers’ third goal came with 28 minutes to play in the game, and they added three more in the next 14 minutes.

“We have to work on tightening up our defense,” added Patton. “We lost our starting goalkeeper, and when we don’t play good defense it is tough to stop all of the shots they are getting. But we are working hard and getting better. We have matched up well against most teams we have played.”

Campbellsville scored 13 minutes into the men’s game and never looked back as it built a 4-0 halftime lead en route to the 4-1 victory.

“We had a different lineup in there, which was a reward to guys who have been working hard in practice,” said Wolz. “We have many players who are just glad to play the game, and that is not good enough at this level.”

The Patriots scored with 30 minutes left in the game when Sam Kpoh scored off an assist by Eddie Nieto.

The Patriot men found the going no easier Thursday when visiting Union College provided the opposition. The Bulldogs (5-4-1) scored their first goal just five minutes into the game and added three more before the intermission. Fourteen minutes into the second half they completed the scoring in the 5-0 win.

“They have an excellent team,” said Wolz. “They are well coached and play at a speed that was much faster than our game.”

Both St. Catharine teams are back on the field Thursday in a Mid-South Conference doubleheader at Georgetown College. They are back home Saturday for more conference action as they host West Virginia Tech. The women start at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m.