03 Sep

Saints Tame Tartans: An Ode to Grantland Rice

Saints Tame Tartans: An Ode to Grantland Rice

9/3/20164 – WOMEN’S SOCCER

B.J. Pheasant, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach

Sept. 3, 2016 – Outlined against a bright blue September sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are inscribed in the starting line up of the Thomas More Saints. They formed the apex of the Crestview Hills cyclone before which a fighting Tartan soccer team was swept over the precipice at CMU field this afternoon as 200 spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the turf below.

A cyclone can’t be snared. It may be surrounded, but somewhere it breaks through to keep on going. When the cyclone starts from Crestview Hills, where the candle lights still gleam through the Kentucky yellow poplars, those in the way must take to storm cellars at top speed.

This afternoon the cyclone struck again as Thomas More beat Carnegie Mellon, 2 to 1, with a team of defensive stars that stonewalled and outworked a strong CMU offense with more speed and power than the warring Tartans could meet.

The Thomas More College women’s soccer team traveled to Pittsburgh to play number two ranked Carnegie Mellon in an early season contest to determine regional superiority. The Saints overcame the Tartans 2-1 to start the season at 2-0 while Carnegie Mellon falls to 1-1. “Today was a great win for TMC women’s soccer,” said TMC head coach Jeff Cummings. “CMU is a great team that put us under a lot of pressure all game. It was a defensive battle, with few good chances for either team. We were the lucky ones today having two go in.”

Coach Cummings Saints put pressure on the Tartans in the seventh minute through midfielder Erika LaRosa (Cincinnati, Ohio / Seton) as she was first to a loose ball in the middle third, held off the competition and played Lauren Rose (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota West) into space on the left side. Rose ripped a shot back post for the lead. This sparked second ranked CMU into greater offensive efforts and resolute defense by the TMC kept the hosts scoreless.

In the second half the Saints came out with renewed offensive purpose. Defensive pressure by the Saints midfield turned into offense by forcing a bad pass that was stolen by Julia Flagge-Echols (Colerain, Ohio / Colerain) who raced by the center backs, but the goal keeper deflected the shot. In the 54th minute the home team scored on a deflected free kick that snuck in by the near post past a wrong footed goalie.

Three minutes later Erika LaRosa returned the favor with a deflected free kick goal of her own to give the lead back to the Saints. The defense by TMC was fierce the remainder of the game as the entire team was determined to succeed. The Tartans were not allowed any room to operate in front of the Saints goal as All American midfielder Laura Felix (Burlington, KY/St. Henry) ran the show that, at times, included five freshman on the field. The defensive effort by the Saints was a whirlwind.

Those who have tackled a cyclone can understand.

The Saints return for their third game in five days to the friendly confines of BB&T Field on Labor Day to face Capital at 1:30pm. Live video and stats are available with links found on TMCSaints.com.