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TMC's Cummings Named Coach of the Year, 6 Saints Earn All-PAC Honors

Thomas More College head women’s soccer coach Jeff Cummings was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year and six Saints were named All-PAC by the conference’s 10 head coaches.

The award is Cummings' fourth as Thomas More's women's coach. The eighth-ranked Saints are making their fifth-straight appearance in the Division III Championship after earning the PAC's automatic qualifying bid by winning their fifth-straight PAC Championship Tournament title. Thomas More posted a 1-0 shutout against the University of Chicago on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCA Division III Women's Soccer Championship and has advanced to the Championship's sectional semifinals for the third-straight season.

Junior goalkeeper Megan Barton (Florence, Ky./Villa Madonna), junior midfielder Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry), sophomore forward Julia Flagge-Echols, senior forward Olivia Huber (Woodlawn, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) and junior midfielder Taylor Robinson (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) were named first team All-PAC. 

Barton has started all 21 matches in goal for the Saints has given up only three goals (0.15 goal against average) and recorded 49 saves, while posting a school-record 14 shutouts in 1,805:19 of action. Felix was fourth on the team in scoring with 13 points on five goals and three assists, while scoring one game-winning goal. Flagge-Echols is tied for the team lead in scoring with 62 points on 24 goals, including eight game winners, and a team-best 14 assists. Huber is tied the team lead in scoring with 62 points on team leading 26 goals and 10 assists, while scoring six game winners. Robinson has eight points on three goals and two assists and helped the Saints’ defense post 18 shutouts.

Junior midfielder Erika LaRosa was named honorable mention All-PAC. She is third on the team in scoring with 15 points on six goals and three assists and has two game winners.

- Staff report/Photo via Thomas More College