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Since joining the Mid-South Conference in 2008, the SCC women’s soccer has never won more than two games in conference play. But with the 5-1 victory Wednesday over visiting University of the Cumberlands, and Saturday’s 1-0 win at Bluefield College, Paul Patton’s team now owns a 5-2 conference mark and a 8-3-2 overall record.
The two victories put the Patriots in third place in the MSC, one-half game ahead of Campbellsville and one-half game behind second place Cumberland University (Tenn.). St. Catharine can overtake Cumberland with a win Thursday in Lebanon, Tenn. They complete conference play next Wednesday at Georgetown.
The Patriots wasted little time in taking control Wednesday over Cumberlands as Paola Martinez scored 12 seconds into the game after Sara Herbert picked off a pass near midfield and gave a pass to Martinez who raced in for the goal. Martinez scored again four minutes later to give St. Catharine a 2-0 lead.
Krista Russell scored off an assist from Kelsey Pendleton in the 17th minute and Macy Higdon dished an assist to Sarah Castillo who made the score 4-0 just two minutes before halftime.
Paige Long’s goal, on an assist from Herbert, gave the Patriots a 5-0 lead in the 78th minute. Toni Dempsey then scored for Cumberlands with three minutes left in the game for the final 5-1 decision.
SCC goalkeeper Maggie Grieser had four saves for the game. Cumberlands had nine total shots with five on goal. The Patriots launched 18 shots overall with 10 on goal.
At Bluefield on Saturday the Patriots got the game’s only goal with 38 seconds left in the first half. Kelsey Pendleton sent a pass toward the goal that Paige Long headed off the crossbar. Sarah Castillo was there to clean up the rebound for a 1-0 lead.
“We played good defense, especially from Adrienne Bishop,” said Patton. “They had chances in the second half. One good chance in the last minute with a corner kick but it sailed out of bounds.”
SCC goalkeeper Lindsey Vinson recorded the shutout.