By: B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Soccer Coach
(ADA, Ohio) – Thomas More College women's soccer traveled to Ohio Northern, which is a location where they haven't had recent success, looking to continue their hot start to the season. It was the second game of a stretch for the Saints with four games in eight days. However, the #5 ranked Saints battled the #15 ranked Polar Bears and led wire-to-wire for a 2-0 win improving their record to 7-0-1 on the season.
As the game settled during the early minutes the Saints inexorably began to exert control of the match. In the 15th minute Erika LaRosa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) made a great run and was inches away from a header to take the lead in the game from a cross off the boot of Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry) who had to evade four Polar Bears to get the ball away. Five minutes later Felix was at it again and played in a superb cross that missed three Saints attackers in the box. Those attackers alertly recycled their runs as the ball was collected by Abby Stadtmiller (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) and played it to Lauren Rose (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) who lashed the ball into the net for the TMC lead.
In the 26th minute LaRosa attacked the Polar Bears and hit the crossbar with another dangerous effort off by inches. As the game moved to the second half Rose found Stadtmiller's head in the 47th minute for a headed shot just wide. In the 65th minute Samantha Goodwin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) found Stadtmiller's head with the same result. The pressure continued unabated as evidenced by the 6-1 advantage that TMC had in shots on goal.
In the 67th minute a corner kick was headed home by Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) from service by Lauren Rose to give Thomas More a 2-0 lead and the final margin. In the final twenty three minutes the Saints played organized team defense and put in tough individual efforts to corral the #15 ranked Polar Bears attempts to get forward. Senior net minder Megan Barton (Florence, Ky./Villa Madonna) recorded one save in the game and earned her 5th shutout of the season.
"We needed to earn a result today and keep moving forward during this tough stretch of games," said TMC head coach Jeff Cummings. "It was a hard fought win against a well coached team. The effort that we displayed was the difference in the game and the key to our success throughout the season."
The Saints return home Sunday the 25th as they host Illinois Wesleyan at 1pm. They finish their tough stretch of nonconference games At DePauw on Tuesday the 27th. Live video and stats are available with links found on TMCSaints.com on the women's soccer schedule page.