NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Fueled by senior midfielder/forward Maranda Birmingham (Kouts, Ind.) and her fourth goal of the season, Manchester University kept itself in striking distance of Thomas More University Monday, Oct. 1.
Birmingham's strike, perfectly placed from well outside the 20-yard area, was lofted over the out-stretched arms of Saints' goalkeeper Kylie Johnson to trim a 2-0 deficit to 2-1 with more than 12 minutes remaining on the Good Field scoreboard. The Black and Gold (0-11) kept the offensive pressure on TMU's defense, but a counter-attack in the 82nd minute forced freshman net minder Gabrielle Carreon (Marion, Ind.) to make a nifty save at her feet which was followed by a rebound tap-in for a 3-1 visiting team cushion.
Junior midfielder Katie Green (Chesterton, Ind.) added to the home side offense. She tallied three shots, all on goal, to go with an assist on Birmingham's score. Carreon's first start in the net produced eight saves, despite Thomas More posting goals in the first and 34th minutes to take an early advantage.
MU jumps back into Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play Wednesday, Oct. 3, traveling to Anderson University for a 3:30 p.m. start.