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The St. Catharine College soccer teams played three games last week and came out victorious in each contest. The women’s team won home games against Midway and Berea while the men traveled to Hillsboro, Ohio and won against Ohio University – Southern. Both the Patriots and the Lady Patriots now stand at 3-3 for the season.
In Friday’s win over Midway it was the Ashley Thompkins’ show as the freshman forward from Hopkinsville scored four goals in the 5-1 win. Thompkins scored three goals in the first half, two off assists from Marissa Hibbs and one from Danielle Mistler. Hibbs got her third assist of the game in the second half as Leah Wright scored. Thompkins then completed the scoring with an assist from Amy Wurfel.
In her first start of the season, goalkeeper Tabby Shirley had ten saves for the Patriots. Midway scored its only goal in the final two minutes.
Saturday against Berea the Patriots took a 1-0 lead at halftime on a goal by Thomkins and an assist by Hibbs. Sara Funk’s pass to Wright led to a goal early in the second half for a 2-0 lead. Berea cut the lead to 2-1 15 minutes into the second half but Thompkins took a Wurfel pass and scored to make the score 3-1. Berea added a late goal for the final 3-2 St. Catharine win.
“We weren’t as sharp Saturday as we were against Midway but we were still able to come away with the win,” said SCC coach Paul Patton.
The men’s game Sunday in Ohio was actually the final game of the Southern State Shootout. That tournament started the previous weekend when St. Catharine won two games against schools from Jamestown, New York. They finished with a tournament championship Sunday with a hard fought 1-0 win over Southern.
“The wind was ridiculous,” said Patton of the near hurricane type gale that blew throughout the game. “But we were able to get a goal in the first half and then dominated the game in the second half with the wind behind us.”
Don Russell scored the only goal six minutes into the game off an assist from Adam Waller
Four Patriot players were named to the all-tournament team for the shootout. Goalkeeper William Johnston, who had two shutouts and allowed just one goal in the tournament, along with William Meza, Don Russell and Patrick Williams made the team. .
Both St. Catharine teams return to action Friday against Spalding University. The women’s game starts at 2:00 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 4:00 p.m.