By: B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Soccer Coach
(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The fourth-ranked Thomas More College women's soccer team hosted their President's Athletics Conference (PAC) semifinal game on Wednesday, November 2nd against Chatham University. With the 4-0 final score line the Saints improve to 19-0-1 overall and give Head Coach Jeff Cummings his 200th career victory at Thomas More. With the loss Chatham falls to 11-5-2.
"It was good to see us come out and start the match well scoring goals in quick succession," said TMC head coach Jeff Cummings. "Now we need to concentrate on our next opponent this Saturday so we can finish the season strong."
The Saints controlled the PAC semifinal from the start of the game. In the 17th minute Shaye Isaacs (Nicholasville, Ky./West Jessamine) picked up the ball near midfield, dribbled six Cougar defenders and calmly slotted the ball past an isolated goal keeper to successfully finish her jaunt up the middle of the field. One minute later Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry) scored a shot from 25 yards out off of a free kick by Cori Ziegler (California, Ky./Bishop Brossart). One minute later Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) put the ball in the net off a corner kick by Lauren Rose (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) who played an inspired game. Yes, TMC scored goals in the 17th, 18th, and 19th minutes.
Late in the first half Sam Cetrulo (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) just missed on what would have been a spectacular full volley from the edge of the box. Megan Sheridan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) drove in dangerous crosses and played give-and-goes on the edge of the box to create more opportunities. Erika LaRosa (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) and Taylor Robinson were on a mission patrolling the midfield and preventing any hope of a comeback.
As the second half began, in the 48th minute, Lauren Rose drove in a great cross from the right flank that went across the face of the goal a yard out, but was cleared by the defense. In the 73rd minute the scoring was completed as a Megan Sheridan cross was headed into the goal by Erika LaRosa. The Saints had 15 shots and 7 corner kicks as they controlled the game from start to finish. The final was 4-0 in the PAC semifinal.
With the semi final victory Head Coach Jeff Cummings earns his 200th victory with the women's soccer team at Thomas More College in a career that has spanned thirteen years with Saints women's soccer. A fun fact to note is that his 100th career victory came in the championship game of the first PAC tournament championship by the women's program in 2011. Cummings also coached twelve years with Saints men's soccer and has an additional 142 victories before retiring from the men's side of the ledger two years ago.
"For me, at the moment, 200 is just a number. It means you're getting old and have been coaching a long time," said Head Coach Jeff Cummings. "I would like to thank the current and former players for their enthusiasm and desire on the field. I would also like to thank my current and former assistant coaches for their hard work. Without all of them none of these results happen."
"Congratulations to Jeff (Cummings) for reaching his 200th victory for the Saints. He is a great coach that understands the Xs and Os, as well as, how to motivate student-athletes to achieve their potential," said Jeff Hans Head women's basketball Coach and two-time national champion.
Assistant women's soccer coach BJ Pheasant stated, "Coach Cummings is the reason I came to Thomas More. The chance to learn from one of the top ten soccer coaches in the nation at all divisions was one I couldn't pass up."
The Saints next game is in Crestview Hills, Kentucky in the PAC finals of the conference tournament hosting Grove City College. The game is scheduled on Saturday, November 5th at 1 p.m. on the Thomas More campus. 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.