By: B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Soccer Coach
(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The fifth-ranked Thomas More College women's soccer team hosted Transylvania University on Tuesday evening at the start of a tough stretch for the Saints with four games in eight days. TMC circled the wagons with a 4-0 win over the Pioneers improving their record to 6-0-1 on the season.
The Saints started quickly in the hot early evening game with a chance in the fourth minute sending up a signal fire of intent. In the sixth minute Erika LaRosa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) collected an errant cross in the box and calmly picked out Lauren Rose (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) who whipped in a cross. Olivia Nienaber (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) was on the back post and headed the ball into the back of the net for the lead. The Pioneers did have a good chance in the 21st minute, but senior goal keeper Megan Barton (Florence, Ky./Villa Madonna) showed great positioning and hands to snuff out the attempt. Barton made two saves on the game and earned her fourth shutout of the season.
Thomas More kept the pressure on Transylvania and in the 38th minute Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) dribbled past three defenders up the center of the field and drilled an unsaveable shot into the side netting to double the lead going into half time. Early in the second half Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry) won a turnover in the midfield and found Rose on the wing. Rose drove on another cross that Kaitlyn Armentrout (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) found on her back post run and placed into the net.
During the game yeoman's work was put in by Abby Stadtmiller (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) up top to help control the ball and keep it in the opponent's half. A number of opportunities were also generated by the play of Ali Whalen (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) to stretch the Pioneer defense. In the 82nd minute Emily Cummings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este) picked up a corner kick that was headed away by the defense and played it back in to the box for a finish by Josie Perrino (Tracey, Calif./St. Mary's) and the final 4-0 margin. The Saints outshot the Pioneers 25-2 in the game and had a 6-0 corner kick advantage.
"We have a tough stretch of games starting today, perhaps the toughest week in the season, and needed to take care of business," said Jeff Cummings, the TMC head coach. "We came out early and took control of the game to put in a solid performance. We worked hard on playing to our strengths and being mentally tough."
The Saints travel to Ohio Northern University on Friday, return home Sunday the 25th as they host Illinois Wesleyan University, and finish off their tough stretch of nonconference games at DePauw University on Tuesday the 27th. Live video and stats are available with links found on TMCSaints.com.