(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The No. 7-ranked Thomas More College women's soccer team hosted Hanover College on a day where the weather mirrored their performance in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. After a slow start under cloudy skies the Saints won 2-1 over the Panthers as the sun came out. Their record is 4-0-1 on the season.
The game started brightly for the Saints with a pinpoint cross by Lauren Rose (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) finding the head of Kaitlyn Armentrout (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) on the back post, but just going over the bar. As the weather turned and storm clouds gathered the Panthers scored in a scrum after a corner kick in the eight minute to take the lead.
The clouds persisted through till the 29th minute as the sun returned. Meg Berberich (Fort Wright, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) was played in down the right side off a throw in and drove a cross in to the front post where Olivia Nienaber (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) slipped a header to the back post to tie the game at one all. In the 39th minute the Saints had a header off a corner kick go just wide as they kept the pressure on the Panthers.
Thomas More continued to play well starting off the second half. In the 52nd minute Abby Stadtmiller (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) volleyed a ball just wide of the post from 35 yards out showing the Saints intent to take the lead. A minute later Shaye Isaacs (Nicholasville, Ky./West Jessamine) shepherded a defender to turn the ball inside. The ball was stolen by Neinaber who played it to Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky. / St. Henry) in the middle of the field. Felix played in an overlapping Lauren Rose who drilled the ball far post upper 90 for the 2-1 lead.
It was a tough game for the defense as they worked hard all game to mark an All-American, Cornacchione, from the visitors. The combined efforts of Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County), Emily Cummings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este), Samantha Goodwin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton), Cori Ziegler (California, Ky./Bishop Brossart), and Megan Sheridan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) came through the challenge. Josie Perrino (Tracey, Calif./St. Mary's), the PAC Conference Defensive Player of the Week from last week, was also instrumental in closing out the game with her veteran leadership and defense on the front line.
"This was a very tough game against a very good opponent," said TMC head coach Jeff Cummings. "Both teams know each other well and there are no surprises when we line up. We got fortunate that the ball bounced our way today and got we got the result."
The Saints have a quick turnaround as they travel to Kenyon College on Friday the 16th to play at 5 p.m. TMC returns home next Tuesday the 20th as they host Transylvania University at 5 p.m. LIVE video and stats are available for both games with links found on TMCSaints.com.