Patriot women ground Eagles, tie Lions

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By SCC Sports Information


Since dropping their first game of the season, the St. Catharine College women’s soccer team has played four more games without a loss. Not all of those games, however, have been in the win column as Paul Patton’s team has tied two contests.

In last week’s action the Patriots were on the road at Spalding University in Louisville on Tuesday and in Nashville on Friday to play Trevecca Nazarene. At Spalding the Patriots won 3-1 and at Trevecca Nazarene they battled the Trojans to a 0-0 tie in two overtimes.

The Patriots got off to a slow start Tuesday when they allowed the Eagles to take a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the game. But the St. Catharine defense then stiffened and allowed Spalding (3-1) only four more shots, two on goal, the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, the Patriots’ offense fired 21 shots, 11 of them on goal.

Thirty-one minutes into the game, Paola Martinez tied the game with a penalty kick. Twelve minutes later Kelsey Pendleton scored off an assist from Mallory Arneson to give the Patriots the lead for good.

The second half was much the same, with St. Catharine controlling the tempo and Spalding counter-attacking. Paige Long pushed home a goal off a cross from Chelsey Landrum in the 54th minute to give St. Catharine a 3-1 lead and end the scoring. Spalding had one more good chance, and St. Catharine took 2 shots late that were saved by the Spalding goalkeeper before time expired.

In Friday’s contest in Nashville the Patriots were hoping to avenge a 4-0 loss they suffered last year against Trevecca Nazarene. And they had chances to score, as did the Trojans, but neither team could find the net.

St. Catharine had three shots on goal for the game while Trevecca (1-2-2) had 14 shots on goal, all of them turned away by Patriot goalkeeper Lindsey Vinson.

The Patriots took their 2-1-2 record into last night’s Mid-South conference match against visiting Lindsey Wilson College. The Blue Raiders came into that game ranked second nationally.  On Saturday the Patriots remain at home for another conference game against Shawnee State. That game starts at 2 p.m. as the first game of a doubleheader, the men’s game to follow at 4 p.m.