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Athlete of the Week is St. John the Baptist's Bridget Patch

Highly skilled with a powerful shot, Bridget Patch

Highly skilled with a powerful shot, Bridget Patch had 18 goals and 10 assists. With her speed, strength and skill, she has been one of the top scorers in Long Island over the last few seasons. She's bound for Virginia Tech. Photo Credit: James Escher

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.

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