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The St. Catharine College women’s soccer team got one of everything in the first week of the season. Paul Patton’s team opened the 2012 campaign in Tennessee at the Free Hardeman University Labor Day Tournament. There they lost to Louisiana College 2-0 and tied the host Freed Hardeman Lions 1-1. In the home opener on Thursday, the Patriots broke into the win column with a 7-0 decision over Midway College.
In Tennessee the Patriots weathered the remnants of tropical storm Isaac to finish the weekend 0-1-1. Against Louisiana College, 1-1, the Patriots fell 2-0. The Wildcats scored in the 30th minute and that lead held until the final minutes.
“We put in an extra forward late to try to create more offense,” said SC coach Paul Patton, “and they got a breakaway goal with less than three minutes left. We were down 1-0 and I figured we might as well be aggressive because it doesn’t matter if you lose 1-0 or 2-0.”
The Patriots had nine shots for the game, four on goal, while the Wildcats got off seven shots, five of them on goal.
In Saturday’s contest against Freed Hardeman it looked like the Patriots would claim a victory to even their record. After a scoreless first half, Paola Martinez scored in the 58th minute to give St. Catharine a 1-0 lead.
But with just 34 seconds left to play, Brittny Johnson scored for the Lions (1-1-2) when she fired a shot in the upper right hand corner past goalkeeper Lindsey Vinson. Vinson, who had five saves for the game, kept the Lions scoreless with a diving save in the 75th minute.
In the home opener of the 2012 soccer season, the St. Catharine College women scored early and often in beating Midway College on Thursday.
Adrienne Bishop opened the scoring just three minutes into the game with a free kick from 45 yards out that floated to the top of the net over the outstretched arms of the Eagles’ goalkeeper. Sarah Castillo added the second goal in the third minute off an assist from Krista Russell and Sara Herbert punched on in from 15 yards out in the final minute of the half to make the score 3-0.
Seven different players scored for the Patriots as they dominated play throughout. Paige Long made the score 4-0 three minutes into the second half. Paola Martinez, off a Krista Ryker assist, made the score 5-0 and Kelsey Pendleton and Russell scored a goal each in the final 14 minutes.
The Patriots had 22 shots on goal while Midway, 0-1-1, had three shots on frame, each saved by Maggie Grieser who posted the shutout.
The Patriots next game is Thursday when they travel to Tennessee to play Trevecca Nazarene. They are back home next Tuesday to take on perennial power, and Mid-South Conference foe, Lindsey Wilson College.