With the Thomas More football team enjoying a bye weekend as they prepare to host NAIA No. 3 Lindsey Wilson Saturday at 7, the rest of the Saints fall sports program kept in full swing. Here’s a quick rundown on how that went.
WOMEN’S SOCCER STAYS UNBEATEN
The TMU women won another in Mid-South Conference play Saturday with a 4-0 win over Shawnee State improving their record to 7-0-2 (2-0 in the Mid-South). First-year Lauren Laake scored first with an assist by first-year Olivia Mohs and then second, on a header from a cross by junior Ainsley Clark. Junior Avery Seig headed junior Ryann Meddings’ corner to make it 3-0 in the 71st minute before junior transfer Steere Harsveld van der Veen followed up a save off the goalie to score in the 80th minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Kylie O’Leary recorded five saves in the full 90 minutes. The Saints return to action Wednesday against NAIA No. 22 Lindsey Wilson in Columbia, Ky. at 6 p.m.
MEN’S SOCCER HOLDS ON FOR 1-1 TIE AT GEORGETOWN
Sophomore Nathan Ortiz had the lone goal for TMU 30 minutes into this one but the Saints gave up the tying score in the 82nd minute. Ortiz’ goal came off a pass from sophomore Ben Oliver. First-year Emilio Benmergui Rodriquez had four saves in goal.
WOMEN’S GOLFERS FINISH 7TH AT ASHLAND, HAMILTON 1ST
The TMU women golfers totaled a 701 (349/352) to finish seventh Sunday at the Eagle Invitational hosted by Ashland University. The Saints were led by fifth-year Natalie Hamilton, who recorded her best finish, shooting a 158 (79/79) to tie for first overall, beating her best previous score by 13 strokes while recording four birdies. Rachel Hummel shot an 84/88/172 to tie for 23rd. Thomas More next heads to Goodlettsville, Tenn. to play in the Music City Invitational Oct. 3-4, at Twelve Stones Golf Club.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL EARNS WIN NO. 10, STAY UNBEATEN IN MID-SOUTH
The TMU women defeated Cumberlands (Ky.) Saturday 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 30-28) to improve their record to 10-6 overall and 4-0 in conference. Sophomore Asia Ferrando recorded a team high of 23 digs while sophomore Ruthie Neu followed with 15 digs. Sophomore Samantha McClanahan had 33 assists, eight digs, four kills, and five blocks while first year Ebony Gomez led the Saints with 13 kills. TMU returns to the court Tuesday against Mount St. Joseph in the Connor Convocation Center at 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY EARNS 1ST-TIME NAIA TOP 25 VOTES
TMU received three votes in the first NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll Thursday. It’s the first time the Saints have received votes in the poll since joining the NAIA in 2019. TMU owns a second-place finish at the Hanover College Invitational and an 11th place finish at the highly competitive National Catholic Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. Dyllan Hasler posted the top-time in both events. Hasler finished fourth in her collegiate debut at Hanover then improved her time to finish 39th at Notre Dame. The Saints return to action Saturday in Louisville when they compete in the “Liv in Louisville” XC Invitational hosted by the University of Louisville.