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SCC soccer loses in conference but wins outside

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The Mid-South Conference is recognized nationally as one of the best conferences for its overall sports programs. Any soccer coach can attest to the strength of that sport in the MSC, including both coaches at St. Catharine College.
Tim Wolz, Patriots men’s coach, and Paul Patton, the women’s coach, had to endure a tough conference schedule last week as they played at Rio Grande (Ohio) Tuesday and at home against University of the Cumberlands on Thursday. Both of those contests resulted in setbacks for the St. Catharine squads but the week ended on a happier note for both teams as they won non-conference games at home on Saturday.
The Patriot women, now 8-8 overall and 2-5 in the MSC, dropped a 2-0 decision Tuesday at Rio Grande as the RedStorm (5-8, 2-4) scored one goal in each half. “We had a few chance to tie the score 1-1 in the second half,” said Patton. “Michelle Dunaway just missed over the crossbar and so did Emily Caras. And Krista Russell had a free kick that was saved by the Rio goalie.”
Rio Grande made the score 2-0 with just eight minutes to play as the Patriots pressed to score and the RedStorm got behind the SC defense.
The trip to Rio was even tougher for the men as the RedStorm (15-0, 6-0) is ranked second in the nation. The Patriots (7-9-1, 2-5) kept it close through most of the first half, trailing 2-0 at the break as Rio scored on a penalty kick with 17 seconds left. But in the second half the RedStorm added four more goals for a 6-0 win.
On Thursday the Patriot women got a goal from Krista Russell five minutes into the game but Cumberlands (7-5-2, 5-1) scored the next four goals of the half en route to the final 4-2 win. Russell added a second goal for St. Catharine in the second half.
Again the SC men faced a ranked opponent as Cumberlands came into Thursday’s game ranked 22nd. But the Patriots fought valiantly before falling 2-1.
“We played really well and maybe caught them on an off day,” explained Wolz. “When you start eight freshman and sophomores you hope to keep it close with a chance to win at the end.”
On Thursday it was Cumberlands (9-2-3, 4-2) who won at the end. After taking a 1-0 lead at halftime the Patriots tied the score nine minutes into the second period on a goal by Patrick Williams. The score remained tied until Cumberlands found the net with 5:53 to play for the final 2-1 verdict.
Both St. Catharine teams enjoyed Senior Day on Saturday as the men opened the action with a 2-0 win over Berea and the women topped Midway 9-0.
“We got two early goals (both by Williams) and then relaxed too much,” said Wolz. “As the game went on Berea (0-11) actually gained the momentum and we really never got it back.”
The Patriot women maintained momentum throughout their rout of Midway (3-11). After taking a 6-0 lead at halftime, Paul Patton’s team coasted to the 9-0 win over the Eagles who fell to 3-11.
Krista Russell had four goals while one goal each was scored by Emily Caras, Paola Martinez, Michelle Dunaway, Cortney Mattingly and Mallory Arneson.
Both SC teams played Monday night against the nationally ranked Lindsey Wilson teams. That game concluded the men’s regular season while the women wrap up their regular season Thursday at home against Brescia starting at 3:30 p.m.