By: B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Soccer Coach
(WASHINGTON, Pa.) – The fourth-ranked Thomas More College women's soccer team played their final regular season game against Washington & Jefferson College on Saturday, October 29th. With the 1-0 final score line the Saints improve to 18-0-1 overall and 9-0 in the conference. With the loss W&J falls to 13-4-2 overall and 7-2 in the PAC.
"We found a way to come away with a win despite not playing our best," said TMC head coach Jeff Cummings. "They are a quality opponent that made things difficult for us. Now we have to prepare for our next game on Wednesday."
The Saints started slowly in the game. In the first thirty minutes of a windy game there were three corners, a breakaway that hit the goal keeper, and several free kicks that went wanting. In the 30th minute Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry) dribbled four defenders into the box and was taken down from behind for a hard earned penalty kick. Felix calmly slotted the ensuing penalty shot into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
The second half was a physical affair bereft of quality chances. In the 81st minute Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) headed a ball from half field over the defense to Erika LaRosa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) for a chance that was almost scored. In the 89th minute a rare indirect kick in the penalty box occurred for the Saints, but was not put in the net.
Thomas More outshot W&J 13 to 3. The corner kick advantage was also 9 to 3 in the Saints advantage. The final score was 1-0 as the Saints finished the season unbeaten.
The Saints have wrapped up the PAC regular season schedule. The next game is in Crestview Hills, Kentucky in the semifinal of the conference tournament. The game is scheduled on Wednesday, November 2nd against Chatham University. If you aren't able to make it out to the game live video and stats are available with links found on TMCSaints.com on the women's soccer schedule page.