(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Saints had a victorious homecoming week in sports. Here is a quick look as to what the teams did:
The men's soccer team took on Denison on Sept. 27 and Grove City to open up PAC play on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Saints fell to the Big Red 1-0, but defeated the Wolverines 2-1, improving to 5-4-1 overall and 1-0 in the PAC. In the match against Denison, Bryce Day had a total of four shots to attempt to get the Saints on the board. Thomas More dominated the shot ratio, 20-9, they just could not get them on target. The team bounced back against Grove City to grab its first conference win. The Saints went up first with a goal by Ethan Smith in the 25th minute about 20 yards out. Colin Dean put the Saints up 2-0 with an assist from Smith in the 44th minute. Keeper Jeff Paulin recorded 10 saves, playing all 90 minutes. The Saints are back in action on Oct. 3 against Washington & Jefferson at home. The match will start at 2:00 PM.
Women's went 2-0 this week, sweeping Kalamazoo and PAC competitor Grove City in overtime. In the first match on Sept. 28 against Kalamazoo, sophomore Mariah Gilbert scored the only, and game winning, goal with an assist from Ashley Maples. Kylie Anderson earned her first collegiate shut-out playing all 90 minutes recording five saves. In the PAC opener against Grove City, the match was scoreless, until first-year Maples came through for the Saints and scored the game winning goal in overtime in the 95th minute with an assist from Abby Stadtmiller. The Saints are back in action and continuing PAC play hosting Washington & Jefferson on Oct. 3. The match is set to start at 4:30 PM.
Thomas More volleyball extended their win streak to 13 this week, taking down PAC rival Bethany and Geneva and improving to 16-4 overall and 10-0 in the PAC. The Saints won both matches in three sets, shutting out both teams. The past nine matches have been three set shut-out wins for the Saints. In the Bethany match, the Saints won with scores of 25-20, 27-25, 25-19. Alli Borders led the team with 13 kills while Rachel Bronner had the team high of 20 digs. Jenna Mummert had three service aces. Thomas More defeated Geneva with scores of 25-21, 25-14, 25-18. Carlee Lambert led the team in attacks with 12 kills. Jenna Fessler had a team high of nine digs and Mummert led the team in blocks with four total. Thomas More returns to action on October 6 and 7 when it travels to St. Louis, Missouri to compete at the Active Ankle Invitational hosted by Washington University – St. Louis.
Thomas More football fell to Westminster on Saturday, 24-21, in overtime. With the loss, the Saints fall to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the PAC. Thomas More tied the game at 7-7 when quarterback Brenan Kuntz and Darryl Keels connected on an eight-yard touchdown pass and kicker Cole Mathias added the extra point with 5:44 to play in the second quarter. The Saints tied the game at 21-21 with 1:27 to play in the regulation when running back Hjavier Pitts scored on a three-yard run and Mathias added the extra point. Westminster ended up kicking a field goal in overtime to win the game 24-21. Thomas More returns to action next Saturday Oct. 7 traveling to Grove City, Pa. to play Grove City College. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 PM.
Women's tennis continued their win streak, extending it to five matches in a row. The Saints are now 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the PAC. Thomas More defeated Earlham (7-2), Waynesburg (9-0), and Washington & Jefferson (8-1) this week. In the match against Earlham, the Saints went 5-1. Brooke Warden and first-year Hannah Lowman shut their opponents out winning with scores of 6-0, 6-0 in singles competition. In doubles, the Saints went 2-1. Duo Warden and Lowman shut their competition out, similar to singles play, 8-0. In the Waynesburg match, Warden, Lowman, Lacey Pohlman, and Sarah Fellinger all shut out their competitors in singles competition winning 6-0, 6-0. Similarly, the Saints dominated in doubles play, only losing three games. Duo Capodagli and Fellinger shut their competitor out 8-0, 8-0. Pohlman and Perry also won with shut out scores, 8-0, 8-0. Warden and Lowman defeated their opponents, 8-3. IN the final match of the week, against Washington & Jefferson, Thomas More opened the match with a 3-0 sweep of the doubles matches. In singles, Warden won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1, Lowman won 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6) at No. 3, Capodagli won 6-1, 6-0, Pohlman won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 and Fellinger won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6. Warden and Lowman are now 7-1 on the season as partners in doubles competition.
Women's Cross Country:
The Thomas More College men's and women's cross country teams traveled down to Louisville, Ky. this weekend to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic. The women placed 29th overall out of 31 teams with a score of 744.Sophomore Natalie Kleier was the top Saint with a time of 20:16.44. Three other runners finished with times under the 25-minute mark, Michelle Neiser with a time of 22:32. 42, Shannon Smith with a time of 23:18.67, and Dominique Webber with a time of 23:53.60. first-year Jenn Swecker finished under the 30-minute mark with a time of 27:32.44. Women's cross country teams competes again on Oct. 13 at the Jenna Strong Fall Classic in Wilmington, Ohio.
Men's Cross Country:
The Thomas More College men's and women's cross country teams traveled down to Louisville, Ky. this weekend to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic. and the men placed 13th overall out of 36 teams with a score of 416. Junior Michael Campbell led the team finishing in ninth place with a time of 26:21.56. All six remaining runners for the Saints finished under the 30-minute mark. Oscar Ramirez with a time of 27:21.76, Ross Klocke with a time of 28:03.89, Ronny Smith with a time of 28:50.28, Max Sellers with a time of 29:16:65, Josh Pusateri with a time of 29:23.39, and finishing less than a second behind Pusateri was Brandon West with a time of 29:24.08. Men's cross country teams competes again on Oct. 13 at the Jenna Strong Fall Classic in Wilmington, Ohio.