Update #13: Saint Catharine College
October 21, 2012
The Pomeroys had a tough outing in their final home match, running into the 9-3-2 Patriots of Saint Catharine College, who have become a force in the Mid-South Conference of NAIA. The outcome saw the Patriots prevail handily, 6-0. Saint Catharine’s solid, balanced attack gave the Pomeroys a great deal of trouble early, before the Pomeroys had really gotten on their feet, and the inevitable goal came in the sixth minute before the Pomeroys could pick up their level of play to match the speed of play and physicality of the Patriots. The home team began to play better, but struggled to find their own speed of play or the defensive organization to prevent open chances for final passes and multiple runs behind their back four, as the Patriots created 10 shots, seven of them on goal, which resulted in goals in the 15th and 18th minutes. The Pomeroys managed only one shot on goal in that half.
The second half was a stronger performance for the Pomeroys, but the same result on the scoreboard, as the visitors tagged them for another three goals, with their excellent forward Krista Russell pouring in her second, unassisted. The Pomeroys did put together some great attacking and defending sequences in the second half, looking like the team that had won their previous two games easily, and managed seven shots in the half, but could not break down the Patriots’ fine defensive four well enough to create the sure chances they had created earlier in the week. The half, and the season, ended with the visiting Patriots having a small advantage in possession but a larger advantage in being dangerous. Amanda Loebker put in a huge effort in front for the Pomeroys, but came away unrewarded.
After the match, the team made final farewells to its three seniors, Logan Jones, Emily Fauber, and Chloe Laubert. They will all be sorely missed but can take pride in having been instrumental in creating a team that has been successful in the national tournament and has the potential to do so again. We wish them well. They will surely take their leadership skills into many other arenas.