When attempting to contain Bridget Patch, defenders will often go through . . . well, a rough patch.
Patch, a senior on the St. John the Baptist girls soccer team who is bound for Virginia Tech, has been a nightmare for defenses. She reminded the defending state CHSAA champions of that on Monday.
Patch received a throw-in, turned on a defender and scored from 18 yards to give unbeaten St. John the Baptist a 1-0 win over St. Anthony's. It was the Friars' first loss of the season.
That type of shot has been a strength for Patch, who had 18 goals and 10 assists last year and 17 goals and 10 assists as a sophomore. But this season she shifted to the midfield and has been working diligently to combine with her teammates to form a more diverse attack.
As a result, she has four goals and six assists. For Patch, it's a little strange to see her assist total greater than her goal total. "But a goal is a goal no matter who scores it. A win is a win no matter who put the ball in the back of the net," Patch said. "If I can pass the ball to my teammate to score, it means just as much to me as if I scored."
But with the strength of her shot, Patch is always a threat to score. "Coach always tells me to shoot because there will be that one time it does go in," Patch said. "If I can get it on net, with my power, anything can happen and I can finish it."
She did this week.