TMU sports roundup: Saints come close in football, women’s soccer

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TMU FOOTBALL LOSES TO NO. 3 NAIA LINDSEY WILSON IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE

In a game that saw just a single touchdown scored, Thomas More took the NAIA’s No. 3 football team, Lindsey Wilson, down to the wire in a 12-3 home loss at Republic Field Saturday. Offense was clearly hard to come by in this one except for Lindsey Wilson’s 12-play second-quarter TD drive. This is the fewest points allowed by TMU since a 10-3 win at Cumberland (Tenn.) last Oct. 30. And it was a far cry from last season’s 47-0 TMU loss at Lindsey Wilson.

The Saints came as close as 7-3 early in the fourth quarter but that was it after they failed to score a TD having advanced to the Blue Raiders’ six-yard line before having to settle for a Brooks Curran field goal. Lindsey Wilson would follow with a 35-yard field goal and then the Blue Raiders closed things out with a late safety.

Highlights for the 2-3 Saints (1-1 in the Mid-South Conference): a team-high five catches for 53 yards by Craig Wills Jr.; a game-high 11 tackles each by Del Thomas (seven solo, four assists including a tackle for loss and a sack) and Isaac Abdon (five solo, six assists), and 10 by Colton Sandhas (five solo, five assists); 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss for both Tanner Lawrence and Ross Halverstadt; and one TFL for Trey Brausch.

TMU is back in action in Montgomery, Ala., at Faulkner University Saturday in a 1:30 p.m. game. The Saints lost 27-20 to Faulkner last season.

TMU WOMEN VOILLEYBALLERS WIN A PAIR IN TENNESSEE

Improving their record to 12-7 (6-0 in the Mid-South Conference), the Saints defeated Bethel University 3-2 Saturday in their second straight five-set match win (and sixth overall on the season) after knocking off Freed-Hardeman Thursday by the same score. That this one wasn’t going to be easy was made clear with the 31-29 TMU win requiring extra points in the first set.

Ally Albrinck and Jes Gearries had crucial kills early with a Kate Woelfel ace sealing the deal in the third set. set. Sydney Hilderbran had her ninth match this season with 10 or more kills with 12. Asia Ferrando (16) and Ruthie Neu (13) both recorded double-digit digs with Ferrando adding five aces toward a season-high 13 for TMU. Sam McClanahan had 25 assists for the Saints.

The tone was set for the weekend in the Freed-Hardeman match Thursday with TMU rallying from down 18-12 in the first set for a 25-22 win that helped the Saints to their first five-set win of the season. Sawyer Lorentz, who became the eighth Saint to record 250 career blocks in that one, led TMU in kills with 11.

Next up for the Saints is an unbeaten Campbellsville team in the biggest MSC conference match of the year with a Friday home start of 7 p.m.

SAINTS WOMEN FINISH 5TH OUT OF 40 at ’LIVE IN LOU’ CROSS-COUNTRY

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The TMU women’s cross-country team finished fifth out of 40 teams Saturday at the “Live in Lou” Cross-Country Classic with a total of 186 points. Here are the Saints’ top five finishers with their places and times: Jess Sanders, 14th, 19:13.6; Dyllan Hasler, 17th,19:22.5; Savannah Faught, 19:47.8, 33rd; Ashley Akins, 88th, 20:39; and Caileigh Waters, 91st, 20.39.5. The Saints’ next meet is at the Jenna Strong Invitational in Wilmington, Ohio, Oct. 14.

WOMEN’S SOCCER COMEBACK FALLS SHORT VS. CAMPBELLSVILLE

Falling behind 2-0, the Saints got as close as the final score in the 89th minute but a Campbellsville team that’s earning votes in the NAIA national poll held on for a 3-2 win. In the second half, Sydney Rhodes scored her second goal of the season in the 52nd minute off an assist from Emilia Geren and Ainsley Clark before Brooke Breaker scored with a minute left on the clock but that was it.

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Thomas More outshot the Tigers in the second half 6-4 and had a 6-2 edge in corner kicks as Lauren Welsh made a season-high six saves. The loss drops the Saints to 7-2-2 this season and 2-2 in the Mid-South Conference. TMU will be back in action Wednesday afternoon against Bethel (Tenn.) in a MSC matchup at 1 p.m.

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