With two wins in as many outings last week, the St. Catharine College women’s soccer team continued its climb up the Mid-South Conference standings. Paul Patton’s Patriots’ most recent win came Saturday with a 3-1 decision at Pikeville.
The SCC women are now 3-1 in the conference (5-2-2 overall) which puts them in a tie for third place with Cumberland (Tenn.). Lindsey Wilson (4-0) and Georgetown (4-1) are in first and second place.
The Patriots played a key game last night at Campbellsville. They will play non-conference opponent Berea College at home Saturday at 2 p.m.
In Wednesday’s match, St. Catharine scored two goals within three minutes against visiting Rio Grande University. And the Patriots made that stand up in a 2-1 win over the RedStorm.
“I don’t think we played particularly well but we found a way to win,” said SCC coach Paul Patton. “And any win in the conference is a good one.”
The St. Catharine victory improved the Patriots’ record to 4-2-2 overall and 2-1 in the MSC. The RedStorm fell to 6-4 and 1-2.
Macy Higdon, freshman from Elizabethtown, got the Patriots on the board with a breakaway goal from 10 yards out just six minutes into the game. Then 2:51 later Sarah Castillo pounced on a Patriot shot that hit the crossbar and found the net from point blank range.
That 2-0 lead stood until Rio’s Kasey Crow scored from 10 yards out six minutes into the second half. And that is where the scoring ended as both defenses stiffened for the remainder of the game.
The RedStorm had just six total shots and only three on goal as SCC goalkeeper Lindsey Vinson had two saves, both in the first half. The Patriots had 17 total shots and 13 on goal, but Rio goalkeeper Allison Keeney turned away 11 of those.
Krista Russell and Sara Herbert led the way in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Pikeville. Russell had two goals while Herbert had a goal and an assist.
With an assist from Macy Higdon, Russell’s first goal gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead 32 minutes into the game. But the Bears tied the score six minutes before the half on a Carmen Koster goal.
Herbert gave St. Catharine the lead for good when she scored on an assist from Kelsey Pendleton with eight minutes left in the game. Russell’s second goal, from a Herbert assist, came in the game’s final minute.
The Patriots had 14 shots on goal for the game, and 26 total, while the Bears (3-4, 0-3) managed only six total shots, five of them on frame as Lindsey Vinson recorded four saves.