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Weekly Sports Update: 9/18-9/24

Weekly Sports Update: 9/18-9/24

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More Saints were busy competing this past week. Here is a short update on how the Saints teams are doing:

Men's Soccer:
The men's soccer team took on Transylvania on Wednesday Sept. 20. and Capital at home on Saturday.  The Saints fell to the Pioneers 3-2 in overtime. Suli Kayed and Ibra Goumballe scored the only goals for the Saints against Transylvania. On Saturday against Capital, the Saints defeated the Crusaders, 4-1. Sam Lewis, Suli Kayed, Bryce Day, and DJ Sanders scored the four goals for Thomas More. The men's soccer team will take on Denison on Sept. 27 and Grove City on Sept. 30 to open up PAC play.

Women's Soccer:
Women's soccer hosted Ohio Northern on Saturday and travelled to John Carroll University on Sunday to battle against the Blue Streaks. The Saints fell 3-0 against ONU. Aleyna Heyman recorded six saves, but allowed three goals. First-year goal keeper Kylie Anderson replaced Heyman in goal, recording two saves. The Saints also fell to JCU on Sunday, 2-1. Olivia Nienaber was able to get a goal past JCU's goal keeper with an assist from Hannah Dargo. Thomas More women's soccer will be on the road again this week travelling to Kalamazoo on Sept. 28 and Grove City on Sept. 30 to kick off PAC play.

Thomas More volleyball had their first home match on Friday against Thiel and continued the five game home stand through the weekend taking on Grove City, Waynesburg, Chatham, and Westminster. Thomas More defeated all five team in three sets, going 5-0 on the week. The Saints are now on a 10 game winning streak going into this week's matchup between PAC rival Bethany and Geneva on Sept. 30 and taking on Chatham again on Oct. 1. With the wins, the Saints are now 13-4 overall and 4-0 in PAC competition.

Thomas More football fell to Carnegie Mellon University, 37-17, on Saturday. The Saints are now 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the PAC. The Saints had a total of 446 yards, 222 rushing and 224 passing. Quarterback Brennan Kuntz was 15-34 in passing attempts. As a team, the Saints were 58% on 3rd down completions, going 11-19. The defense recorded two sacks on the day. The Saints are back at home for the Homecoming game against Westminster, starting at 12:00 PM.

Men's Golf:
The men's golf team travelled to Clayton, Ind. this weekend playing in the Dan Quayle Collegiate Golf Classic at the Deer Park Golf Club. On day one for the first round of the classic, the Saints placed ninth with a team score of 309. Zack Baynum led the Saints and was tied for 10th place with a score of 73. Three other Saints, Jacob Zai, Matt Streigel, and Carter Hibbard, placed in the top 50.  On day two of the classic, the Saints finished in fourth place with a 36-hole total of 598, 309 on day one and 289 on day two. Matt Striegel shot an eagle from 158 yards out and ended the day with a 68. Zack Baynum shot a 74 on day two putting him tied for seventh place. Two other Saints, Kyle Alexander and Carter Hibbard, finished in the top 40 with scores of 72 and 75 for day two. The Saints return to action on Oct. 2 and 3 at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship at Squaw Creek Golf Club in Vienna, Ohio.

Men's Tennis:
The men's tennis team had its first match of the season against Indiana University East on Saturday and Heidelberg at home on Sunday. In their season opening match against NAIA competitor IUE, the Saints fell 7-2. Sheldon Preisler was the top Saint in the match, winning his singles match and his doubles match with partner Jeffrey Schenk. In the Saints first home match against Heidelberg, the team walked away with a shut-out win, 9-0. Michael Kenney, Sheldon Preisler and Michael Schwarz shut out their opponents winning their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. In doubles competition, Logan Daniels and Johann Pybus shut their opponent out 8-0. The men's tennis team is back in action on Oct. 3 for their second home match against Miami-Middletown.

Women's Tennis:
Women's tennis continued their home stand shutting out on Heidelberg 9-0 on Sunday. Brooke Warden and Hannah Lowman shut their singles opponents out 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, Warden and Lowman defeated their opponents 8-1, being the top competitors in the match. Nicole Capodagli fought off some tough competition winning her singles match 6-4, 6-2 and her doubles match 8-3 with partner Sarah Fellinger.