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The St. Catharine Patriots were dealt a tough 1-0 loss in the final minutes Thursday at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. But Tim Wolz’s team didn’t dwell on its misfortune and bounced back at home Saturday to beat Mid-South Conference foe Shawnee State University.
The 1-2 week left St. Catharine with an overall mark of 5-4 and a MSC slate of 1-1. The Patriots now embark on a critical stretch of conference games. Today they play at home against Rio Grande, which is ranked second in the nation. Saturday they travel to Pikeville and next Tuesday they visit Campbellsville.
Wolz predicted a “classic match” Thursday against Trevecca, a NCAA D-II school, and for 88 minutes that is what it was. Great saves by the goalkeepers kept the game scoreless and both teams look prepared for what was to be an overtime contest. But controversy entered the fray with less than three minutes to play.
The Trojans (6-2) served a ball into the box where Patriot goalkeeper CJ Powell went to gather in the ball. But as players converged on the pass, both Powell and the ball ended up in the goal. It was a stunned Patriot team that saw the referee award the goal.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Trevecca,” said Wolz. “They are well coached and a very talented team. But in my 16 years of college coaching I have never lost a match in such a way. It is a shame that we had to lose it that way. Trevecca’s players and coaches were class after the game, shaking our hands and offering apologies.”
Saturday’s outcome at the Barber Soccer Field was much more favorable as the Patriots notched a 3-0 win over the visiting Bears (1-7, 1-2). Marvin Wesselburg, a freshman from Essen Germany, got St. Catharine on the board with nine minutes to play in the first half when he scored from five yards out with assists credited to Ben Nally and Ashley Woods.
That 1-0 lead stood until the 67th minute when Isaac Blanford took an assist from Sam Kpoh and found the net from 13 yards out. Woods completed the scoring in the 76th minute off an assist from Blanford.
Shawnee State was able to get just two shots on goal for the game as Powell posted the shutout. The Patriots had six shots on goal and outshot the Bears 15-6 overall.