Russell leads women’s soccer to two wins in three games

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By SCC Sports Information

The St. Catharine College women’s soccer team played three games in four days last week. And when the last ball was kicked, Paul Patton’s team emerged with two wins and a loss. The two victories gave the Patriots a record of 10-4-2 on the season. The 10 victories is a record for wins in a season for the Patriot program and the first time in history that the team has posted double digit wins in a single season.

The Patriots’ two wins came with a 5-0 win at Brescia on Saturday and a 6-0 win Sunday in Indiana against St. Mary of the Woods. The loss came in Mid-South Conference play Thursday at Cumberland University in a 3-0 loss.

The Patriots now stand at 5-3 in the MSC which makes tonight’s game at Georgetown a huge one. St. Catharine and the Tigers are tied for fourth place which means the winner of the 8 p.m. contest will host the first game of the conference tournament.      

On Saturday, the Patriots took on Brescia University for the first time since a 1-0 loss in 2009. The outcome was much different this time as Kelsey Pendleton scored the game’s first two goals. At the nine minute mark, Pendleton took a pass from Krista Russell and slotted it behind the Bearcat goalkeeper to open the scoring. Three minutes later Sara Herbert would pass a ball up to Paola Martinez who redirected it to Pendleton for the shot and a two goal lead that would remain until halftime.

The second half would continue much the same with Sara Herbert scoring off a Sarah Castillo cross in the 54th minute. In the 70th minute Russell was taken down in the box. She finished the resulting penalty kick for the fourth goal of the day. Sarah Castillo capped off the scoring for the day when she took a pass from Russell, beat a defender and knocked it home to finish off the day with a 5-0 Patriot victory.

On Sunday, the Patriots took on the Pomeroys of St. Mary of the Woods College.  Again, Pendleton scored the first goal of the match only five minutes in off a pass from Chelsey Landrum. Five minutes later, Russell would beat two players and hammer home a 16-yard shot to make the score 2-0. Sara Herbert got into the action in the 18th minute and gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead at the half with a goal assisted by Pendleton.

In the second half Landrum scored a goal after a long dribbling run just two minutes into the half. Russell and Macy Higdon would each add an unassisted goal to the tally in the 60th and 61st minute for the 6-0 victory.

Patriot Goalkeeper Maggie Grieser made 9 saves over 180 minutes to earn shutouts in both matches.

Russell’s three goals and two assists on the weekend ran her goal tally for the season to 10 and her career total to 50 goals. Russell, who became the Patriots’ career leading scorer after a 21 goal explosion during her sophomore campaign in 2010, sets a new standard for career goals at 50. She has now scored double digit goals in three of her four seasons in the program. She is also the career leader in assists for the Patriots’ program with 21.

In last week’s loss at Cumberland University (11-2. 5-1) the Bulldogs scored two goals in the first half en route to the 3-0 win.  St. Catharine managed just four shots for the game and only two on goal while the Bulldogs managed 14 shots with Grieser recording six saves.