MIAC champion St. Thomas Men's Soccer handed out six awards at Sunday's postseason banquet:
- Freshman Halvor Houg received the Most Improved Award;
- Freshman Sam Holton received the Newcomer of the Year Awad (on and off the field impact);
- Senior Kevin Van Lieshout received the Hard Hat Award (led by example, hardest working and most dedicated to soccer specific strength and fitness);
- Junior Will Kidd received the Joe Flood Award (represents the program with the highest level of commitment, academic excellence and sportsmanship);
- Sophomore Andrew Shirley received the Sam Koch Team-First Award (player who consistently displayed a "team first" mentality with hard work and a positive attitude on and off the field);
- Senior Shae Bottum received the Team MVP Award.
Coach Jon Lowery's Tommies repeated as MIAC champions and reached the NCAA playoff quarterfinal round in a 22-2 finish.
Other UST Program/Season Highlights:
- Final National Division III ranking of No. 6;
- 2017 NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Qualifier;
- 2017 MIAC Playoff Champions;
- 2017 MIAC Regular-Season Champions 10-0-0;
- Won at St. John's 5-1 (most goals scored against St. John's since 1973);
- Senior class recorded at least one win over all 10 MIAC opponents;
- Won at Gustavus 4-1;
- Fourth straight win over Macalester;
- Third win in four seasons over perennial region power Loras College;
- A defeat of Ohio Wesleyan and a rare loss on Roy Rike Field for the Division III all-time wins leader Coach Jay Martin at Ohio Wesleyan;
- Scored UST record 56 goals and recorded 13 shutouts;
- Program-record 19-game win streak;
- Have won 32 of last 36 games dating back to the 2016 season;
- 11-2 postseason record in 2016, 2017;
- 17 consecutive home victories including (13-0 in 2017);
- MIAC regular-season and playoff record of 21-1-2 over the last two seasons;
- Three straight MIAC Playoff championship game appearances, winning the last two;
- Outscored 2017 opponents by a 56-13 margin;
- Shae Bottum broke a 30-year-old UST assist record with 15;
- Six sophomore, junior or senior players posted a 3.70 or higher grade-point average, topped by Drew Winkoski's perfect 4.00.
2017 Tommie Men's Soccer Award Recipients (all seniors unless noted)
National Player of the Year: Shae Bottum
MIAC Elite 22 Academics Winner: Drew Winkoski, Soph.