No. 4 Saints Skin Cougars with 2-0 Shutout

No. 4 Saints Skin Cougars with 2-0 Shutout

By: B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Soccer Coach

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The fourth-ranked Thomas More College women's soccer team remain unbeaten today (Saturday, October 8, 2016) as it shutout Chatham University, 2-0, in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) match at Varsity Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With the win, the Saints improve to 12-0-1 overall and 3-0 in the PAC and the Cougars fall to 7-2-2 and 2-1 in the PAC.

"It was a long trip this weekend and coming away with a result is always a good thing," said TMC head coach Jeff Cummings. "Now we have a quick turnaround and have to prepare for the next game on Monday while maintaining our concentration."

The Saints started quickly on a wet cloudy afternoon as they battled the hard pressing Cougars. There were a number of half chances created in the first fifteen minutes that called for a finishing touch, but the calls went unanswered. In the 15th minute Olivia Nienaber (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) answered the call by pouncing on a deflected ball in the box and sending it home for a 1-0 Saints lead.

TMC continued to press their advantage through the rest of the first half as the echoes of kicked balls reverberated of the walls of surrounding buildings like canon shots as Thomas More traded volleys with Chatham in the Cougar's half. The best chance in the remainder of the half was a shot from Lauren Rose (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) off the cross bar in the 38th minute. Three minutes into the second half Rose won the cross bar challenge for the day with a free kick on that also rebounded from the top frame of the goal.

A rare double assist occurred in the 60th minute Cori Ziegler (California, Ky./Bishop Brossart) started the play with a cross, which was one timed by Olivia Nienaber to Josie Perrino (Tracey, Calif./St. Mary's), who chipped the on rushing goal keeper, also on her first touch, for an insurance goal and set the final margin at 2-0. The Saints maintained their defensive discipline and saw out the remaining time with a 16-6 shot advantage and a 5-1 lead on corner kicks. It was the tenth shutout of the year for Thomas More.
The Saints have a short turnaround with their next game on Monday, October 10th on the Thomas More campus. They will be facing PAC opponent Thiel College at 4:30pm. If you aren't able to make it out to the match LIVE video and stats are available with links found on TMCSaints.com on the men's soccer Schedule page.