ST. CATHARINE, Ky. — St. Catharine scored a pair of goals — less than three minutes apart – late in the first half and the Patriots held on down the stretch to post a 2-1 win over the University of Rio Grande, Wednesday afternoon, in Mid-South Conference women’s soccer action at the Barber Soccer Complex.
The RedStorm slipped to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in league play with their second consecutive loss. The setback left head coach Callum Morris’ squad two games under the .500 mark for the first time since beginning the season with back-to-back losses.
St. Catharine improved to 4-2-2 overall and 2-1 in the MSC with the victory.
The Patriots snapped a scoreless tie with just 5:05 remaining in the first half when Macy Higdon scored an unassisted marker from 10 yards out on a breakaway and pushed their lead to 2-0 at 42:46 when Sarah Castillo scored on a rebound off of a missed shot off the crossbar.
Rio Grande cut the deficit in half just under 6-1/2 minutes into the second stanza as a result of an unassisted goal by freshman forward Kasey Crow, but could get no closer the rest of the way.
St. Catharine enjoyed a 17-6 edge in shots, including a 13-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Sophomore goal keeper Allison Keeney recorded 11 saves in a losing cause for the RedStorm.
SCC net-minder Lindsey Vinson had two saves in the victory.
Rio Grande returns to action Saturday afternoon when it hosts second-ranked Lindsey Wilson College. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Evan E. Davis Field.