By: B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Soccer Coach
(BEAVER FALLS, Pa.) – The fourth-ranked Thomas More College women's soccer team traveled to the hometown of Joe Namath for its Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opponent Geneva College. The Saints worked their way past the Golden Tornadoes on a cold October night 3-0. With the win today the Saints improve to 16-0-1 overall and 7-0 in the PAC. With the loss Geneva falls to 4-10 overall and 1-6 in the PAC.
The Saints worked the ball around the field early during the chilly fall night game. In the 5th minute Kaitlyn Armentrout (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was found up front in rotation. Armentrout rolled the ball back to Samantha Goodwin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) for a 35 yard bomb that gave Thomas More a lead they would not relinquish. The Saints pressed the Golden Hurricanes deep into their half and had a 21-0 shot advantage in the game.
In the 30th minute Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry) dribbled the left side of the field and played the ball across the middle for Claire Herzog (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) to score. It was Herzog's first college goal and doubled the Saints advantage at 2-0. The forwards as a group continually put pressure on Geneva by taking on defenders and by working hard to get to balls in the back line. Shaye Isaacs (Nicholasville, Ky./West Jessamine) was particularly effective demonstrating her quality throughout the game.
In the second half Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) continued her imperious play on the season. Robinson and Erika LaRosa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) worked in concert to snuff out any thought of a comeback. The Saints had a number of close encounters with the goal that strayed. However, in the 72nd minute Shaye Isaacs played in Laura Felix to make the final score 3-0.
"We pressed well on defense and were patient on offense today," said TMC head coach Jeff Cummings. "It is crucial that we take it one game at a time and focus on the opponent in front of us. We are working hard to add in our cold weather tactics now that winter is clearly coming."
The Saints return to the friendly confines of BB&T Field at 4 p.m. for their final regular season home game on Wednesday, Oct. 26th against Bethany College. The final regular season game is at Washington & Jefferson College on Saturday, October 29th. PAC tournament play commences in November with game times and locations TBA. If you aren't able to make it out to the games live video and stats are available with links found on TMCSaints.com on the women's soccer Schedule page.