October 25, 2012

Women's Soccer Earns Highest National Ranking in Program History

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The Thomas More College women's soccer team has earned the program's highest-ever national ranking as it is ranked No. 19 in this week's D3soccer.com Top-25.

The Saints are 17-1 overall this season and are 8-0 in the PAC heading into their final regular season match on Saturday (October 27, 2012).  Thomas More clinched the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) regular season and the No. 1 seed as it defeated PAC rival Washington & Jefferson College, 6-0, on Wednesday afternoon.  The Saints have already set three school records this season as the 17 wins sets the school record for wins in a season, the 69 goals scored sets the school record for goals in a season and the 54 assists is a new school record for assists in a season.  Thomas More has also posted 12 shutouts this season and has currently posted seven straight shutouts, which is one shy of the school record.

Thomas More has three players with more than 25 points on the season as senior forward Lauren Wietmarschen (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) has 37 points on 12 goals and 13 assists, freshman forward Olivia Huber (Woodlawn, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) has 29 points on 12 goals and five assists and senior midfielder Chrissy Sonderman (Independence, Ky./Holy Cross) has 26 points on 11 goals and four assists.   Freshman goalkeeper Abbie McBride (Lakeville, Ky./LaVille) has anchored the defense as she has played 1,389:49 in goal and has only allowed three goals and posted 47 saves and nine shutouts.  The Saints have out-scored their first 18 opponents by a margin of 69-6 and have out-shot them 353-100.

Thomas More is also ranked No. 3 in this week's NCAA Great Lakes Regional Rankings.  The Saints have a 3-0 record against other teams in the Great Lakes Regional Rankings as they have defeated No. 4 Wittenberg University, 2-0, No. 5 Grove City College, 2-1, and No. 7 Hanover College, 1-0.

The Saints close out the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Waynesburg, Pennsylvania to play Waynesburg University at 6 p.m. at Wiley Stadium.