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The Patriots played two tough Mid-South Conference games last week. And unfortunately for Tim Wolz’s team, they came out on the short end in both contests. After falling 3-1 Wednesday to a talented Cumberlands team at home, the Patriots fell 1-0 Saturday in Virginia to Bluefield.
The 0-2 week puts the Patriots in seventh place in the MSC with a 2-5 record and a 6-9 overall slate. They have two conference games remaining, both on the road. Thursday they play Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. and next Wednesday they are at Georgetown.
The final score will read 3-1 after the visiting University of the Cumberlands beat the St. Catharine men in Mid-South Conference soccer Wednesday. But while that may appear to be an easy victory for the visitors, who received votes in the NAIA top 25 poll, it was a much closer match.
Much, much closer, that is. With 1:21 to play in the game, St. Catharine trailed 2-1 and had a corner kick from Ashley Woods. Woods’ kick sailed directly in front of the goal where Jeffrey Warren headed the ball that just missed landing in the right side of the net. Cumberlands then scored with 35 seconds left in the game, the third goal by Daniel Ferreira.
“We played really well,” said Wolz after the game. “It may have been the best we have played all year. They have a very good team and we were in position to tie the game in the final minutes.”
St. Catharine managed just two shots on goal, one of which found the net when Rex Catron scored to tie the game 1-1 in the 18th minute. Ferreira put Cumberlands ahead 2-1 in the 75th minute and then added his final goal in the closing seconds.
Cumberlands (7-2-1, 4-2) had eight shots on goal and SC goalkeeper C.J. Powell had five saves.
The only goal of the game came in the 22nd minute when Erik Albarran scored for the homestanding Rams (7-7, 3-3). St. Catharine had many chances in both halves but never could get on the scoreboard.
“We had four shots that hit the post,” said Wolz. “But overall we didn’t play well at all. Our defense kept us in it as usual but we had no teamwork on offense. We had a good game plan but didn’t execute it well at all.”