Eagles Double Up St. Catharine
WILMORE, Ky. - An early goal-- in just the fifth minute-- from the visitors wasn't enough to keep the Eagles from putting up their sixth win of the season on a unseasonably chilly October night Tuesday. The Eagles would respond to the tune of a 4-2 win over St. Catharine when the final whistle sounded.
Austin O'Brien had yet another good night on the pitch for the Eagles scoring a goal and adding an assist to his team-leading total of eight.
Austin Byrum, Billy Congleton, and Adam Howard each added tallies for the Eagles (6-4, 1-1).
It didn't look good at the start for the Eagles as the Patriots used a redirect on a cross from one of their forwards to break a 0-0 tie just under five minutes in.
It would take the Eagles until there was less than five minutes remaining in the half to knot the score a one apiece. Austin Byrum touched a loose ball through numerous Patriot defenders just over the goalline for the equalizer.
After the half, the Eagles seemed to find a bit of energy.
They would use a couple well place passes from Adam Howard and Billy Congleton to take the lead. A long pass into the box from Howard switched the field and found Congleton on the far post. Congleton's volleyed pass into the box found the foot of O'Brien for the go ahead tally just 3:54 out of the break.
Just as the Eagles found an equalizer in the first half, the Patriots found one in the second.
Sawyer Abshirt tallied his second of the match in the 63rd minute. Abshire sidestepped a charging John Burns near the top of the box and headed toward the endline. Despite the hard pursuit of two Eagles' defenders Abshire tucked the ball inside the far post for the 2-2 tie.
The goal, however, didn't dampen the energy the Eagles had shown in the second half. The trio of Congleton, Howard, and O'Brien would ensure the Eagles' victory with goals from Howard in the 68th and Congleton in the 77th minute.
O'Brien picked up his helper on Howard's game-winner as he attacked into the box and dropped a pass back to the top of the box. Howard's blast slammed the right side of the net and sealed the win.
Jesse Peterson picked up an assist on Congleton's goal.
John Burns picked up his third win in goal as he stopped three shots.
The Eagles will travel to Point Park (Pa.) this Saturday for the third of their four KIAC match ups this season. The Eagles are 1-1 in conference play. The opening whistle is set for 12 noon in Pittsburgh.