Tommie men’s soccer has had only four losing seasons since the program began in 1968, and has a winning record in the all-time series vs. eight of its 10 conference opponents. The Toms are closing in on the 750th game in program history.
In 2012, the Tommies finished third in the conference and finished the regular season at 11-4-3 (7-2-1) under first year coach Jon Lowery, qualifying for the conference playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons. The seven conference wins were the most by a UST men's soccer team in ten seasons and second most in 17 seasons. Junior Nick Rapisarda captured the MIAC Player of the Year award. Rapisarda and junior Kit Weaver both were selected to the NSCAA All-North Region team.
St. Thomas won its first MIAC playoff game in 2015 with a quarterfinal win and upset top-seeded Macalester in the semifinals to advance to the MIAC championship and finish second in the MIAC playoff tournament.
The Tommies had a record-setting season in 2016 as they won the MIAC title outright for the first time since 1991 with a conference mark of 7-1-2 and won the MIAC playoff tournament to receive an automatic berth into the NCAA playoff tournament. St. Thomas then posted wins over St. Scholastica, Luther, Benedictine (Ill.) and Redlands, with three of them being comeback wins in overtime, to advance to the Final Four for the first time in program history. The Tommies lost 2-1 to eventual champion Tufts to end their remarkable season with a third-place national finish and a 20-2-3 record.
Coach Lowery and his staff were honored as Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2016 following the program's best national finish. Senior Mark Heydt, the MIAC Player of the Year, was selected as first-team All-America and junior Shae Bottum made third-team All-America.
St. Thomas has been to the conference playoff finals in 2015 and 2016, the conference playoff semifinals in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 and the conference playoff quarterfinals in 2014. Prior to 2015, the last postseason victory for Tommie men's soccer came in 1991 in an NCAA playoff win over Macalester.
Over the last 35 years St. Thomas has had just three head coaches: Denzil Lue (1979-2001, 220-129-43); Aaron Macke (2002-2011, 102-57-21); and Jon Lowery (2012-present, 42-24-10).
Jon Lowery was hired in May 2012 as the fourth head coach in the 47-year history of St. Thomas men’s soccer.
An Apple Valley, Minn., native, Lowery was named the 1994 Gatorade Minnesota High School Player of the Year. He played collegiately at Ohio State University and was twice named first-team All-Big Ten. He later enjoyed a four-year professional playing career in both the United Soccer League and Major League Soccer. His ten-year coaching career includes Division I assistant jobs and the latter three years as head coach at Hamline University.
Lowery replaced Macke, who had just one losing season in his 10-year run as head coach.
Macke replaced legendary Denzil Lue, who retired in 2001 after he completed his 23rd season with St. Thomas men's soccer. Lue's teams won four MIAC championships and claimed four NCAA tournament berths.
The Tommies play a challenging schedule of games, both in the MIAC and in trips to Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado or California. Approximately 36 players make the varsity and junior-varsity rosters.
St. Thomas artificially turfed the entire South Field in the summer of 2013 to provide an improved and more durable surface for the university’s soccer and softball teams as well as students who use the field for recreational purposes.