By: B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Soccer Coach
(WAYNESBURG, Pa.) – No. 4 Thomas More College women's soccer traveled to Waynesburg University Wednesday in their first conference away game of the season. The Saints won 4-0 to move to 11-0-1 and 2-0 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) while Waynesburg falls to 4-6 overall and 1-1 in the PAC.
The shutout was Saints' 26th-straight against a PAC opponent. The last time Thomas More gave up a goal to a PAC opponent was on November 2, 2013 when it defeated Grove City College, 2-1.
"We were just happy to get out on the field and kick the ball around after having midterms all week," said TMC head coach Jeff Cummings. "We created a number of chances today and were patient in the attack. We look to continually improve throughout the season."
The Saints started slow as they recovered from a four and half hour bus ride and midterms, but gradually tightened their grip on the game. In the eighth minute Abby Stadtmiller (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) pulled the defense out of the middle with a checking run, received the ball and then played the ball into the gap to a brilliant forward run from Erika LaRosa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) whose shot was blocked by some last gasp defending. After a corner kick two minutes later the ball found Lauren Rose (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) as the team recycled their runs. Olivia Nienaber (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) finished the cross for a 1-0 lead.
Rose continued to be a threat and scored an unassisted goal in the 13th minute to make the score line 2-0. Another scoring opportunity occurred in the 22nd minute a cross found Stadtmiller moving to the far post, but it was headed just wide. In the 36th minute Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry) was taken down in the box to earn a penalty kick. Felix converted the ensuing opportunity to make it 3-0, which was also the score at the half.
In the second half the Saints pinned the Yellow Jackets in their half, but the packed field made it difficult. Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) dribbled up the middle of the field out of the back to overload the Waynesburg defense and create several shots that just missed. In the 83rd minute Felix lashed a ball from 30 yards to make the final score 4-0.
The Saints next game is a return to the Pittsburgh area. It is also a conference game as the Saints travel to fellow PAC unbeaten Chatham University on Saturday, October 8th.