(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Thomas More Athletics had a slow mid-week in sports, but were busy during the weekend. Men's and women's soccer, cross country, volleyball, football, and women's tennis all competed this week.
Men's Soccer -
The men's soccer travelled to Latrobe, Pa. on Thursday to play Saint Vincent in a PAC showdown. The Saints defeated the Bearcats, 4-1, improving to 9-4-1 overall and 3-0 in the PAC. Saint Vincent got on the board first within the first 18 minutes. In the 23rd minute, Ibra Goubmalle tied the match 1-1. Just before half-time, Hrusto Selimovic put the Saints ahead 2-1 finding the back of the net. Coming out of half-time, Goumballe crossed the ball, Saint Vincent tried to clear it but ending up scoring in their own goal to put the Saints up 3-1. Jack Berner scored the game winning goal in the 78th minute on a breakaway, beating the keeper and finding the back of the net, winning the match for the Saints 4-1. The men's team is back in action on Oct. 17 hosting Geneva. The match will start at 2:30 PM.
Women's Soccer -
The women's soccer team had two matches this week, one at Saint Vincent and the other hosting Chatham for their senior day. Against Saint Vincent, Ashley Maples was a key player for the Saints. In the 62nd minute of the match, Maples assisted Shaye Isaacs, giving Isaacs her first collegiate goal. In the 70th minute, Maples scored putting the Saints up 2-0. Two minutes late, in the 72nd minute, Morgan Beare scored the game winning goal for the Saints with an assist from Maples, winning the match 3-0. On Saturday, the Saints hosted Chatham for the women's soccer senior day. Thomas More defeated the Cougars, 3-0. Hannah Dargo gave the Saints their first goal of the match, scoring off an assist from Olivia Nienaber. Abby Stadtmiller increased the lead to 2-0, scoring in the 76th minute. Isaacs made the game winning goal off a penalty shot, leading the Saints to victory 3-0. Maddy Kim played all 90 minutes earning the shutout and recording four saves. The Saints are back in action on Oct. 17 hosting Geneva. The match will start right after the men's match at 4:30 PM.
The women's volleyball team competed in one match this week against Saint Vincent. The Saints won 3-0 with scores of 25-13, 25-19, 25-18. Jenna Mummert led the team in kills and blocks recording 11 kills and 8 blocks. Carlee Lambert recorded eight kills and two digs. Alli Borders recorded six kills, 10 assists, five digs, five blocks, and one service ace. Jenna Fessler recorded 22 assists, three digs, and one service ace. Madison Krumpleman recorded six kills, one assist, one service ace, six digs, and two blocks. The Saints are now 21-5 overall and 12-0 in the PAC. Thomas More competes next on Oct. 18 hosting Geneva.
The Thomas More College football team played Waynesburg this week, defeating the Yellow Jackets 59-7. Brennan Kuntz finished the game with 196 passing yards and 89 rushing yards. As a team, the Saints recorded 215 passing yards and 339 rushing yards. The Saints had no turnovers in the game. The Saints led 10-0 after the first quarter from a field goal by Cole Mathias and a 40-yard touchdown run from Kuntz. Going into half time, Thomas More led 38-0 from a 40-yard touchdown pass connecting with Daylin Garland, Cam Evans scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Kuntz, Sophomore quarter back Justin Post connected with Hjavier Pitts for a seven-yard touchdown pass, and Darryl Keels and Kuntz connected right before half on a 19-yard pass. Coming out of half-time, Kuntz and Da'marco Canty connected for a 14-yard touchdown pass, extending the lead to 52-0. The final touchdown of the game came from Post on a 63-yard touchdown run. Adam Guard led the team with nine tackles, Johnny Lammers recorded seven tackles, and Gabe Rice and Logan Galarno had five tackles each. The Saints compete next on Saturday Oct. 21 hosting Saint Vincent College.
The women's tennis team was scheduled to compete in two matches, against Berea and Bethany, however the Berea match was cancelled therefore the Saints only competed in one match against Bethany. Thomas More defeated the Bison 9-0. Sarah Fellinger and Nicole Capodagli shut their opponents out, 8-0, in doubles play. Brooke Warden and Hannah Lowman only lost one game in their doubles match, winning 8-1. Lacey Pohlman and Matison Perry only lost two games, winning 8-2. In singles competition, Fellinger and Lowman both shut out their opponents, winning 6-0, 6-0. Warden won with scores of 6-1, 6-3. Capogagli won, 6-2, 6-0 and Pohlman won 6-0, 6-1. Perry only lost two games in her singles match, winning 6-1, 6-1. With the win, the Saints improve to 10-3 overall and 6-2 in the PAC. Thomas More plays next on Oct. 20/21 for the PAC Championship.
The men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Jenna Strong Fall Classic in Wilmington, Ohio on Friday. For the women's meet, Natalie Kleier was the top runner for the Saints, finishing in 36th place with a time of 20:01.9. The remainder of the Saints finished under the 25-minute mark. Michelle Neiser posted a time of 23:18.4, Maggie Harris had a time of 23:23.3, Shannon Smith finished in 24:19.7, and Dominique Webber finishing only a few seconds behind Smith with a time of 24:39.0. Overall the Saints came in 25th place out of 36 teams. The total combined time was 1:55:43. For the men's meet, Michael Campbell was the top Saint, finishing in 11th place with a time of 26:25.9. Five other Saints finished under the 30-minute mark, including Oscar Ramirez (27:14.0), Ross Klocke (27:47.1), Brandon West (28:35.1), Ronny Smith (28:42.6), and Max Sellers (29:02.5). Josh Pusateri finished with a time of 30:10.4. Both teams compete at the PAC Championship next on Oct. 28.