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The St. Catharine College soccer season is over for both the men and women of coach Paul Patton. And, although the victories weren’t as numerous as the coach would have liked, Patton is optimistic about the future of soccer at SCC.
“We knew that hew schedule would be much tougher as we moved into the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference,” said Patton. “But both of our teams were competitive against most of the teams we played.”
The women’s squad finished the season at 5-12 after compiling a 5-5 record through the first ten games. Last year in junior college play the Lady Patriots won seven games and captured the regional title by beating Hiwassee.
“Our record doesn’t show it but this steam was clearly better than last year,” added Patton. “Four or five games were very close but we just didn’t come out on top. We didn’t have a lot of scoring punch late in the season due to injuries.”
The men’s team turned in a 6-11 slate for the year after a 4-10-1 record last season. Three of this year’s wins came in the Southern State Shootout that the Patriots won in Ohio. This year’s team also won a Mid-South Conference game which is no small feat according to Patton.
“We beat Pikeville in the conference and played well in other conference games,” Patton explained. “Against Lindsey Wilson, the number one team in the nation, we were down just 3-1 late in the game before losing 5-1.”
It is now on to the recruiting trail as Patton looks to fill the needs of next year’s teams. “I know we will have 17 or 18 coming back from this year’s women’s team and about 20 back next year for the men. We need two or three quality forwards for the women. The same for the men, we need some forwards who can create their own shots off the dribble. I am very optimistic that we will get the players we need. Each program is definitely moving up.”
Two tryouts will be held this month. Those interested in playing for the women’s team will visit campus Nov. 14-15 and the men will have tryouts Nov. 21-22.