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Claesson Named TSC Defensive Player of the Week

September 30, 2013

The Sun Conference office has named senior defender Hannah Claesson (Katrineholm, Sweden) as The Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week (September 23-29).

The senior defensive midfielder anchored a TU defense that allowed only one goal in three games while going 3-0 on the week. TU limited their opponents to only five shots on goal in the three games. Claesson also contributed in the offensive side, notching two goals during the three game week.

TU’s Women Soccer team will be back in Sun Conference action this coming Friday when they travel to Beaufort, SC to face University of South Carolina - Beaufort in a 3PM kickoff.


The Lady Night Hawks Win 2nd Conference Game

September 29, 2013

The Lady Night Hawks (5-3, 2-0) won their second straight conference game, 3-1, against Webber International University (1-4, 0-2) this afternoon at the TU Soccer Complex.

WIU got on the board first, taking the lead with 24:34 left in the first half. TU evened up the game minutes later with a penalty kick goal by senior midfielder Carina Spengler. With the game knotted up at one, the Lady Night Hawks took the lead with 27:40 left in the second half with Spengler’s second goal of the game assisted from sophomore midfielder Linn Viklund. Senior defender Hannah Claesson put the game away with the third goal of the game. Thomas had 13 shots on goal and senior goalkeeper Deanna Rivet had 4 saves on the day.

TU’s Women Soccer team will be back in Sun Conference action this coming Friday when they travel to Beaufort, SC to face University of South Carolina - Beaufort in a 3PM kickoff.


Thomas Women’s Soccer Edges Warner in Sun Conference Opener

September 27, 2013

Thomas Women’s Soccer (4-3, 1-0) edged the visiting Warner University Royals (3-3, 0-1), 1-0, this afternoon in their 2013 Sun Conference opener.

TU dominated play from the opening whistle and tallied 24 shots with fourteen being on goal. The Lady Night Hawks finally broke thru with 3:27 left to play in the game when senior forward Emma Hewett headed home a cross from sophomore forward Alyssa Denton. Warner’s goalkeeper kept them in the game compiling 13 saves. Senior goalkeeper Deanna Rivet collected her first shutout of the season.

The Lady Night Hawks will look to open conference play 2-0 and will be seeking their fourth win in a row on Sunday at 1PM when they host the Webber International University Warriors at the TU Soccer Complex.


Women’s Soccer Blasts Past Georgia Southwestern

September 25, 2013

Women’s Soccer (3-3) blasted past NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern (0-6), 11-0, on Wednesday afternoon at the TU Soccer complex in the Lady Night Hawks final non conference game.

The scoring was shared between eight different players being led by senior midfielder Carina Spengler with her second hat trick of the season. Breana Pullara a junior midfielder had two goals, while junior forward Jenny Hernandez, senior forward Emma Hewett, junior forward Alx Walter, sophomore midfielder Alyssa Denton, sophomore midfielder Lin Viklund, and senior midfielder Hannah Claesson all had a goal apiece. The lady Night Hawks had 24 shots on goal while only allowing one shot on goal.

TU women’s soccer will be back in action at 4:30 pm on Friday September 27 when they open Sun Conference play against Warner University at the TU Soccer Complex.


TU Men's & Women's Soccer Receive NAIA National Recognition  

September 17, 2013

TU Men's & Women's Soccer received National Recognition this afternoon in the NAIA Top 25 Poll with Men's Soccer being ranked at #25 and women's soccer receving votes. The accomplishmnent marks the first time since 2004 that both programs received national recognition during the same week.

Men's soccer received votes in the pre season poll but did not receive any in the first poll of year, which was released last week. The Night Hawks are 4-3 and have gone 2-2 against teams in the top 25, knocking off then #21 Southern Wesleyan University last Friday and then #5 Auburn University - Montgomery. In 2012, men's soccer spent seven weeks in the top 25, peaking at #14.

Women's soccer received four votes in the poll after knocking off then #23 Brenau University this past Sunday, their second win against a nationally ranked opponent this season. Earlier this season the Lady Night Hawks toppled then #7 University of Mobile. The four votes for women's soccer is their first mention in the poll since 2004 when they finished the season ranked in the top 25.


Lady Night Hawks Answer Back After Tough Loss Friday

September 15, 2013

After losing a game in double overtime Friday night, the TU Women’s Soccer team (2-3) played well today and picked a 5-3 victory over NAIA #23 Brenau University (3-2) in their home opener.

The Lady Night Hawks put together a great team effort and executed their game plan. In the win senior midfielder Carina Spengler scored three times with four attempts on goal. Sophomore forward Jessica Straquadine and senior forward Emma Hewett also scored a goal apiece. Senior midfielder Hannah Claesson dominated the center of the park, winning and distributing balls throughout the ninety minutes of play.  The win was TU’s second of the year over an NAIA Top 25 team, after beating than #7 University of Mobile 3-1.

TU Women’s Soccer will take a 10 day break before facing NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern University on Wednesday September 25 in their final non conference game of the year. Kickoff for their second home game of the year is set for 4:30PM


TU Women’s Soccer Losses a Heartbreaker

September 13, 2013

TU Women’s Soccer (1-3) lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in double overtime to Georgia Gwinnett College (0-1) this evening in Lawrenceville, GA.

Senior Deanna Rivet had a great day in the goal with four saves, giving up just the one goal in the second overtime. Senior forward Emma Hewett and junior midfielder Breana Pullara both attempted two shots a piece with the team taking eight shots total. Georgia Gwinnett took fifteen shots with five being on goal.

Thomas Women’s soccer played well with high intensity, however, the defensive pressure by GGC took the Lady Night Hawks away from their game plan and forced them to take long shots.

The Lady Night Hawks will host NAIA #23 Brenau University in their home opener on Sunday at 1:00 pm.


Deanna Rivet defensive player of the week for TSC

September 10, 2013

Deanna Rivet was honored with defensive player of the week (ending September 6th) by The Sun Conference.

In the win over #7 Mobile Rivet, the goalie, had a tremendous game. Coach Orlowski said “this was the best game Rivet has played in between the pipes.” She had 8 saves on the day and only allowing for one goal that came right before half. In the first half Rivet stopped a penalty kick which allowed momentum to stay on TU’s side.

The Lady Night Hawks will be back in action on Friday September 13th traveling to Lawrenceville, Georgia to face Georgia Gwinnett College.


Thomas Women Stun NAIA #7 Mobile

September 7, 2013

Thomas women's soccer (1-2) stunned the NAIA #7 University of Mobile Rams (2-2), 3-1, on Saturday evening in Mobile, AL.

Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Denton broke a scoreless tie in the 30th minute when she knocked in a pass from senior midfielder Carina Spengler. Mobile tied the game with two minutes left in the half, taking a one goal tie into the break. In the third minute of the second half, Spengler gave the Lady Night Hawks the lead back when she broke thru the Mobile defense and went one on one with the UM keeper slotting the ball in the far lower corner of the goal. Junior Jenny Hernandez gave TU control of the game with a goal in the 52nd minute on an assist from senior Emma Hewett. Senior goalkeeper Deanna Rivet helped preserve the win with eight saves on the day. Mobile is 1-2-1 in four early season games against Sun Conference opponents.

TU will look to build off the win when they travel to Lawrenceville, GA to face Georgia Gwinnett College on Friday September 13 at 5PM.


Rain Washes Away Women's Soccer

August 31, 2013

A torrential rain storm washed away this afternoon's women's soccer game against St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL.

The game was called after a 45 minute delay for rain and lightning. The teams were pulled off the field in the 32nd minute of the first half. It was the second delay, with playing having suspended for 40 minutes in the 17th minute of play. St. Thomas was leading the game 1-0. The game will not be re scheduled.

Thomas will remain on the road, traveling to Mobile, AL to face NAIA #7 University of Mobile on Saturday September 7 for a 6PM EST kickoff.


Lady Night Hawks Show Improvement, Fall to AUM

August 24, 2013

The Lady Night Hawks (0-2) showed improvement in game two of the season but fell 3-0 to Auburn University - Montgomery (2--0) on Saturday evening in Montgomery, AL.

AUM took the lead in the 15th minute of the game and turned away three attempts by TU, taking the 1-0 lead into the half. Auburn - Montgomery extended their lead just two minutes into the second half. TU supplied pressure in the remainder in the half searching for a goal to get back into the game but were once agained turned away by the AUM defense. A goal in the final minute of the game iced the result for AUM.

TU will now look to on Saturday August 31st whehn they travel to Miami Gardens, FL to face Sun Conference foe St. Thomas University in a non conference match up. The game features a return for TU first year head coach Julie Orlowski, who started the STU program in 1992. Kick off is set for 1PM.


NAIA #14 Topples TU Women in Season Opener

August 23, 2013

NAIA #14 William Carey University (1-0) toppled TU Women's Soccer (0-1) 8-0 on Friday evening in Montgomery, AL.

WCU scored four in the first half to take control of the game and followed that up with 4 more goals in the final forty five minutes. TU was able to fire 16 shots, 6 on goal, forcing the William Carey goalkeepers to make six saves.

TU must bounce back quickly continuing their season opening road trip to Alabama with a game tomorrow evening at 8:30pm EST against Auburn University - Montgomery, who received 67 votes in the pre season national poll.



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