No. 5 Saints Declaw Tigers on 4-0 Safari

No. 5 Saints Declaw Tigers on 4-0 Safari

By: B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Soccer Coach

(GREENCASTLE, Ind.) – The fifth-ranked Thomas More College women's soccer team traveled to regional power DePauw University on Tuesday evening for its final nonconference game of the season. The Saints completed the first portion of the season at 9-0-1 while DePauw falls to 5-3-1. The Saints next game is Senior Day on Saturday, October 1st at noon.

"We have had a tough stretch of games against quality opponents," said TMC head coach Jeff Cummings. "This was our fourth game in eight days and I am proud of how the team has responded to the challenge. Now we need to carry that mindset and effort into our conference slate."

The Saints took a moment to settle in as the game was back and forth in the first ten minutes. For the next thirty minutes it was all Thomas More as they outshot DePauw 7-2 in the half. In the 18th minute Abby Stadtmiller (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) took a corner kick and Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) made a hard run near post and put the ball in the net with a ridiculous diving header to open the scoring on the day.

Just five minutes later in the 23rd Lauren Rose (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) drove a ball across the box that was finished on the back post by the hard working Ali Whalen (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) for her first collegiate goal and a 2-0 lead! On the other end of the field Emily Cummings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este) and Samantha Goodwin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) were tough in shutting down the Tiger attacks. After winning the ball the duo of outside backs consistently jumpstarted the Saints offense.

In the second half the Saints came out firing with a great opportunity in the 52nd minute from the left side that went wanting. That ball was recycled into another dangerous chance from the right hand side. In the 53rd minute Olivia Nienaber (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) had a shot from distance that was just high. In the 54th minute excellent interplay between Stadmiller and Nienaber resulted in another save by the DePauw keeper. Four minutes later Nienaber beat the keeper to a ball near post and was able to turn it back to the middle to Stadtmiller for the shot, but an amazing recovery by the Tiger keeper kept the ball away from its home.

Throughout the game midfielder Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry) bestrode the field like the Colossus of Rhodes. She dictated the pace of play for both teams and withstood the physical punishment that comes with the role. In the 75 minute the combination of Shaye Isaacs (Nicholasville, Ky./West Jessamine) and Josie Perrino (Tracey, Calif./St. Mary's) up top had a great give and go to spring Isaacs behind the defense. She drew the attention of the keeper and played it back post on a silver platter for Perrino to finish making the game 3-0.

Erika LaRosa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) took a free kick in the 81st minute that was on point and Stadtmiller headed it back across goal to beat the keeper, but the ball was just wide. In the 87th minute a Saints corner kick turned into a scrum and Nienaber was first to the ball to make the final score line 4-0.

The Saints' next game is Senior Day on Saturday, October 1st at noon. It is also their first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) contest against Saint Vincent College. LIVE video and stats are available with links found on on the women's soccer schedule page.