Bottum, Oliver get All-America in Men's Soccer

Bottum, Oliver get All-America in Men's Soccer

United Soccer Coaches All-America news release

United Soccer Coaches' All-Region news release

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MIAC champion St. Thomas Men's Soccer had two seniors receive All-Amerca honors, among 46 named on three AA teams released Thursday by the United Soccer Coaches.

The Tommies' 22-2 finish was led by repeat All-America recipient Shae Bottum (midfielder). He was among 16 players voted to the first team.

Justin Oliver (forward) was among 15 players named to the second team.

The pair helped the Toms to five postseason wins before a 1-0 loss to North Park in the national quarterfinals. Coach Jon Lowery's team also broke a school record for victories (22), win streak (19) and goals scored (56). UST swept both the MIAC regular-season and playoff titles for the second year in a row, and rose to No. 4 in the national poll.

 

Shae Bottom

The conference Player of the Year and a 2016 All-America honoree, Bottum broke a 30-year-old school record for season assists. During the Nov. 11 UW-Superior NCAA playoff win, he recorded his 14th assist of the season, and added No. 15 on Nov. 19 at No. 5-ranked North Park. He scored the game's only goal against Loras and the first goal against No. 10-ranked Otterbein.

In 88 career games, the Hill-Murray High graduate had 66 points (21 goals), including 13 game-winning goals. The Tommies went 32-1 in games on Bottom's career when he scored a goal or an assist (28 wins in row).

 

Justin Oliver

A first-year transfer and senior forward from Oakdale and Tartan High, Oliver recorded 16 goals and four assists this season, including six game-winning goals, to lead all conference players with 36 points. 

The Toms went 14-0 in games this season when he scored a goal or an assist.

 

PHOTOS: Top, Shae Bottum (19); below, Justin Oliver (11)

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All-Region Story

MIAC champion St. Thomas Men's Soccer had a school-record four first-team All-North Region picks out of 11 named atop the honor team released Tuesday by the United Soccer Coaches.

Trinity (Texas) and Johns Hopkins (Md.) were the only other Division III men's teams with four of 11 first-team All-Region picks.

The Tommies' 22-2 finish was led by these All-Region honorees: seniors Shae Bottum (MF), Kevin Van Lieshout (D) and Justin Oliver (F), and junior keeper Aidan Hogan. They led the Toms to five postseason wins before a 1-0 loss in the national quarterfinals.

 

Shae Bottom

The conference Player of the Year and a 2016 All-America honoree, Bottum broke a 30-year-old school record for season assists. During the Nov. 11 UW-Superior NCAA playoff win, he recorded his 14th assist of the season, and added No. 15 on Nov. 19 at No. 5-ranked North Park. He scored the game's only goal against Loras and the first goal against No. 10-ranked Otterbein.

In 88 career games, the Hill-Murray High graduate had 66 points (21 goals), including 13 game-winning goals. The Tommies went 32-1 in games on Bottom's career when he scored a goal or an assist (28 wins in row).

 

Justin Oliver

A first-year transfer and senior forward from Oakdale and Tartan High, Oliver recorded 16 goals and four assists this season, including six game-winning goals, to lead all MIAC players with 36 points. 

The Toms went 14-0 in games this season when he scored a goal or an assist.

 

Kevin Van Lieshout

The Boulder, Colo., native had five goals and one assist this season in 23 games. In 70 career games he had eight goals and one assist, and four game-winning goals.

The Toms went 8-0 in games on his career when he scored a goal or an assist.

 

Aidan Hogan

Hogan recorded a school-record 11 shutouts this season and allowed just 13 goals in 23 games en route to a 21-2 record.

Hogan had 10 shutouts last season in a 16 games with a 13-1-1 record. He's allowed 20 goals in 39 games for a 34-3-1 record over the last two seasons.

The Kohler, Wis., native has played in 46 career games over three seasons (44 starts), with 23 shutouts.